youth council has successful food drive
December 12, 2008 | PROVIDENCE -- The Providence Youth
Council, a service group for kids in grades 8-12, held
its annual Christmas food drive Dec. 6. The group's
leader, Terri Wennergren, said the event generated 150
cans of food, which were subsequently donated to a local
"We have 29 youth council members. Most are really
active and willing to work hard to do the service,"
The members of youth council, who learn about how
government operates on a local level in addition to
accruing service hours, went door-to-door in the community
to generate interest in the drive.
"We had Santa here [at the city office] and told everybody
to come see Santa and if they were able to bring a can
of food," Wennergren said. "I only know of about three
families that forgot the food."
Wennergren noted that the families legitimately forgot
the food and were not using that as an excuse; and all
three rectified their mistake by either returning home
to fetch a canned food item or making a cash donation.
City Recorder Skarlet Bankhead praised Wennergren
and the youth council members in her staff report to
the City Council on Tuesday, calling the event a "success,"
and also remarked upon the convincing performance by
the Santa Claus performer.
At that point Councilwoman Kathy Baker needled Councilman
Ron Liechty by suggesting that it was in fact Liechty
in costume at the youth council food drive. Wennergren
said it was gratifying to see "all these families come
together to help these families in need," in a continuation
of a 10-year tradition in Providence.