Grateful Hearts Donate School Supplies

School Supplies Donated to the Worcester Public Schools

For the past two months, the Grateful Hearts, a voluntary charity group at The Willows at Worcester, along with the Worcester Bravehearts and Carl's Oxford Diner have been collecting new school supplies for the students and teachers in the Worcester Public Schools.

On Monday, August 6th, six residents from The Willows, along with Dave Peterson, General Manager of the Bravehearts and Jake the Lion, mascot for the Bravehearts, delivered 39 boxes of supplies to Mark Berthiaume, Director of the Parent Information Center of the WPS.  These supplies will be delivered to various schools in the WPS.

This is the second year that the Grateful Hearts have collected supplies for the Worcester Public Schools.  Hundreds of packages of pencils, pens, notebooks, and paper, along with calculators, boxes of tissues, math games, and other much-needed supplies were delivered.

The Grateful Hearts is a volunteer charity group of eight to 10 dedicated residents at The Willows at Worcester.  The group was formed in September, 2016 to raise funds and make awareness for various charities in Worcester and the surrounding area.

In the past 18 months the group--with help from fellow residents, staff, and administration--has contributed over 1500 pounds of food to the Worcester County Food Bank, 27 boxes of school supplies for students and teachers to the Worcester Public Schools Parent Information Center, 90 pairs of gloves and mittens--many handmade-- to various organizations, $371.22 to the BeLikeBrit Foundation, and 24 handmade fleece blankets to the Greater Worcester Housing Connection.  The latest effort on the part of the group was a raffle of three themed baskets for the Rise Above Foundation which raised $563.00.

The group is now collecting food for another donation to the WCFB and also collecting used eyeglasses for the Lions' Recycle for Sight Program.  Some group members also continue to volunteer on individual volunteering missions.

If you would like to donate new items--notebooks, paper, crayons, markers, pens and pencils, calculators, bulletin board materials, etc., please contact the Worcester Bravehearts front office at 508-438-3773.