Photo: Calvary Lutheran’s 8th grade class built a fort with their donations.

Students Donate over 1,400 Rolls of Toilet Paper to Local Food Pantry

By Christina McDonough Hunt

The students at Calvary Lutheran School love a good competition, so when they were challenged by the Calvary eighth graders to bring in toilet paper for the Our Savior Food Pantry in Kansas City, KS to earn ice cream, they delivered!  The students brought in 1,561 items, 1,467 of those items were toilet paper rolls.  

“I was surprised by the total number of items the students collected,” said Principal Michelle Fischer.  “We had set a goal of 700 rolls. They not only met the challenge, but doubled it.”  

The students participate in what they call First Food Friday.  First Food Fridays occur on the first Friday of each month from September-May.  The students who bring in at least one donation earn the right to wear jeans and their servant shirt that day to school.  Last year, the students brought in a total of 14,182 items for the year.  

“All the donations that are brought in through our First Food Friday collection help the [Our Savior] food bank continue to assist hundreds of families in our community,” Fischer said.  “Calvary loves being part of this important local ministry”.

A carload packed with donated toilet paper and food from the student’s collection.

Calvary also participates in raising funds for charities on a quarterly basis.  During the first quarter of this year, their goal was to put together 250 sack lunches for the Metro Lutheran Ministries (MLM) in Kansas City, MO, an organization who distributes over 10,000 lunches annually to people who need nutritious food to get them through the work day.  The students raised over $562 and brought in 250 tuna kits. They are on pace to make over 300 sack lunches, exceeding their goal.  

Calvary Lutheran School is located at 12411 Wornall Rd. 

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