The BCS Food Pantry at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Oak Harbor gets a lot of support from the community, but one of its guardian angels has been the employees of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant.
“We were overwhelmed earlier this year when the employees donated almost $5,000 of their own money they had earned doing bake sales and other fundraisers,” said Sharon Park. “Their company then matched 10% of what they had raised.”
It is something the employees have been doing for years, said Park. “I don’t think people in our area realize how wonderful and generous the employees of Davis-Besse are to our community. We are blessed to have them help support our pantry.”
This week, four pickup trucks pulled up in front of the BCS Food Pantry in the basement of St. Paul United Church of Christ, 165 N. Toussaint St., Oak Harbor. Carrying members of the Davis-Besse employees’ VOLT Safety Group, the trucks were filled with donations of expensive hygiene products valued at more than $2,500.
“They donated the items in memory of our friend and their co-worker, Rex Rutledge,” said Park. “These are items that we struggle to supply those in need. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts.”
Last Thursday night, the Brownies from Girl Scout Troop 11593 arrived with Troop Leader Amy Gluth, who is teaching the young girls the joys of giving to the less fortunate with their donations.
The BCS Food Pantry is limited to receiving items from residents in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District. It is open from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Monday and Thursday and on the first and third Thursday of the month from 5:30-7 p.m.
“We’re a food-like grocery store for those in need,” said Park. “While we’re located in the basement of St. Paul’s UCC because they have the room, all of the churches in Oak Harbor are involved.”