Children Fill Bags With Food For Operation Hope In Fairfield

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Shilpa Boraki Ahuja’s students and young volunteers pose with the results of their collection drive for Operation Hope in Fairfield. Photo Credit: Contributed
Students display bags that were distributed to Operation Hope. Photo Credit: Contributed
Donna Schmidt looks at items donated to Operation Hope with students of Shilpa Boraki Ahuja. Photo Credit: Contributed
Students handle bags with goods to donate to Operation Hope. Photo Credit: Contributed
A student shows a canned good that was donated. Photo Credit: Contributed
Students pack bags for Operation Hope in Fairfield. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Children in a Gurukul class made sure that 60 local families had good Thanksgiving dinners this year by collecting and donating food and goods to Fairfield’s Operation Hope.

Shilpa Bolaki Ahuja holds the weekly Gurukul class, which teaches Hindu children from Fairfield and New Haven counties about their culture and values. She reminded them about families who cannot afford food, shelter and so many things that most take for granted.

The class visited stores with their parents last week and selected canned and packaged foods for Thanksgiving dinners, which the kids packed into shopping bags. They gathered enough food to fill 60 bags, each of which went to a needy family.

The kids took what they had collected to Operation Hope, which runs a year-round food pantry, homeless shelter and kitchen. The pantry portion offers free food to families in need. Each year, Operation Hope’s pantry provides enough food to make more than 100,000 meals for hundreds of local families.

Donna Schmidt, volunteer program manager, gave the kids a tour of the pantry, which inspired the kids to start thinking about another food drive for Christmas.

Students who participated were Anoushka Ahuja, Armaan Ajoomal, Vedanta Behera, Pavani Chougule, Arnav Jhangiani,  Jayden kapoor, Jais and Nia Lunn, Vidhi, Yukta and Simran Murjani; Himani and Sushmita Narayan; Manav and Pranav Parikh, Dinu and Sarina Ramchandani,  Nisha and Kunal Ramchandani and Muskan and Sanjana Kewalramani.

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