WATERLOO – The event was more than “Yet Another Pokemon Party.” When the Carefree Pokemon Trainers: Finger Lakes group and WNYR teamed up for a good time, the big winners were the hungry children of Waterloo.
Participants in the mobile Pokemon Go game at Geneva’s Lakefront Park each brought a box of cereal or a can of non-perishable food to donate to Trevor’s Gift.
When the last Pokemon was rounded up, more than 80 boxes of cereal and three cases of nutritious food had been collected. In addition, the event collected nearly $300, enough to feed three kids for half a school year.
“When Sorah Devlin of WNYR-FM proposed Trevor’s Gift as the beneficiary of the game, we knew we had to be a part of such a good cause,” said Cassie Webb, one of the game administrators. Last year’s Pokemon Go game benefited Beverly Animal Shelter.
Trevor’s Gift, a tax-deductible corporation, purchases the bags of food from Foodlink, supplementing them with food items purchased locally or donated by the community. Volunteers pack the bags of food and deliver them to the schools, where they are placed in the backpacks of nutritionally needy children every Friday so they will have food to eat over the weekend when they don’t have access to the school cafeteria. Additionally, when school is on vacation for a week or so, each child receives a full size box of cereal plus an extra bag of food, packed from donations from the community.
When kids have good nutrition, they are healthier, have better school attendance, do better in their studies and have higher self esteem.
The program is confidential and at no cost to recipients, thanks to the generosity of people, businesses and organizations in Waterloo area.
It costs $20 to feed a child for a month or $200 for the year. All contributions are tax deductible. Checks may be sent to Trevor’s Gift, Waterloo Education Foundation, Main Street Shop Center. Waterloo 13165. Check us out at www.facebook.com/Trevor’sGift.