By MARY ANN O'TOOLE HOLLEY
More than two truckloads of food were delivered to Dardenne Elementary School recently after members of the Tri-County Labor Club collected non-perishable food donations as part of the club’s annual Christmas celebration.
Club members selected Dardenne Elementary because some 51 percent of the children who attend there are on government-sponsored free lunch assistance.
Tri-County Labor Club President Steve Bailey, a retired official with Bricklayers Local 1, said this year’s donations were overwhelming.
“Our members are always very supportive in helping the community,” Bailey said. “We’ve always donated our time and talents to help non-profits restore their properties. We collect food for the needy several times throughout the year, but no one should face a Christmas with nothing to eat. Our members always come through when there’s a need.”
MACHINISTS DIST. 9 HELPED WITH COLLECTION
This year’s food collection also included donations from members of Machinists District 9. Union mechanics working at local car dealerships placed bins for customer and staff donations, to increase the bounty.
This was the Club’s 10th year of collecting food for the needy. The Club currently has about 500 members, a group that includes men and women from all unions and building trades in the St. Charles County area.