MONROE, CT — Families and staff of the Gingerbread School House, 32 Church St., collected truckloads of food for the Monroe Food Pantry as part of their annual drive.
This year, Cynthia O’Rourke, owner, director and a teacher at Gingerbread School House, decided to team up with nOURish, a Bridgeport based nonprofit assisting those struggling with food insecurity.
“I have been working alongside many wonderful people and have been touched by countless families and children of this community in a profound way,” said Janet Patti, a preschool teacher at the school. “One of those amazing people is Mrs. Cynthia O’Rourke.”
“In the many years I have known her, I have personally been moved by her kindness, her loving and selfless acts, and her incredibly caring heart,” Patti said. “She is truly a one-of-a-kind lady, who I am utterly honored and humbled to work beside.”
The school had the goal of collecting 600 boxes of stuffing for Thanksgiving, helping to feed 500 families in need.
“I am happy to report that, not only did we meet our goal of 600 boxes, we actually exceeded it with almost 700 boxes,” Patti said.
On Friday, Nov. 11, teachers and students gave nOURish the boxes.
“They were so incredibly thankful and overwhelmed with the kindness our little school has displayed,” Patti said.