[caption id="attachment_5854" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] National Guards at the Candy Drive[/caption]
We did it again! This year’s Candy Drive was a great success, and we are proud to say we have collected even more candy than last year: over 7340 pounds so far—and the candy is still pouring in! This weighs more than a Humvee! The candy will be sent as care packages with carepacks.org to the troops overseas as a sweet reminder of home.
Here are some highlights from the Candy Drive!
We were joined by so many wonderful people and organizations! We had the National Guards come out, along with a Humvee! We were also joined by some Veterans, who served as an amazing reminder for everything our troops do for us. We also had Chief Cunningham and the Wellesley Police Department, along with Chief DeLorie and the Wellesley Fire Department—everyone who keeps us safe! All the local public schools were represented, and a lot of children and school principals came personally as well. Even local businesses and organizations came to drop off candy and show their support!
[caption id="attachment_5841" align="alignleft" width="300"] Community getting together![/caption]
The spirit of patriotism was running high, just in time for Veteran’s Day! Two of our children sang the National Anthem, and we had a moment of silence for those overseas. Everyone was waving around handheld flags with big smiles on their faces.
[caption id="attachment_5842" align="alignright" width="300"] Julia and Aidan Bandte from Hardy School singing the national anthem.[/caption]
The Wellesley Public Schools had a little contest to see which school could collect the most candy. The winner was Upham, whose PTO was awarded with a $500 check, and second and third place went to Hardy and Sprague, respectively.
[caption id="attachment_5845" align="alignleft" width="300"] Chief Cunnigham of the Wellesley Police Department presenting a check to Wellesley Public School PTO Contest Winner[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_5874" align="alignright" width="300"] Veterans Lindsay Ellms and Pete Jones and Carl Nelson from the Wellesley Celebrations Committee.[/caption]
Our World War II Veterans Lindsay Ellms and Pete Jones were honored. Wellesley Celebration Committee was also represented by Carl Nelson and Pete Jones. Thank you to Roy Switzler for your help and support.
It is heart warming to see the whole town come together in the spirit of giving. The Wellesley Fire Department and Wellesley Police Department, along with the National guards supporting the town-wide initiative to support the troops. All Wellesley Public Schools participated with many private and neighboring town schools.
[caption id="attachment_5878" align="alignleft" width="300"] Wellesley Fire Chief DeLorie and Police Chief Cunningham with the Wellesley School Principals and Drs. Ali & Ali[/caption]
At the letter writing table, kids and adults both had an opportunity to write a personal note or card to send along with the candy to our troops. We imagine that these kind words of love and support will be even sweeter than the candy!
[caption id="attachment_5860" align="alignright" width="300"] Dear Troops...[/caption]
It has been so touching to see the message of health and giving being spread across our community. We really could not have done it without everyone’s help, and we want to thank everyone who participated! And lastly, a big thank you to the Wellesley Dental Group team that put in the hard work to make our Candy Drive such a success!
Making Big News and A Bigger Impact!
[caption id="attachment_5894" align="alignleft" width="300"] Tufts Jumbos Making a Difference![/caption]
Wellesley Weston Magazine
Wellesley Weston Magazine
Together We Can Do So Much!
Our Candy Brigade!
A Note Sweeter Than Candy!
Candy Pouring In!
Candy Drive Flyer
Candy Drive Kick-Off
Thank you Maura Wayman Photography for taking beautiful pictures and to Haynes Management for being such great neighbors!