Hustle and bustle as ‘Well-Helpers’ pack holiday food for needy families


By Catherine Gabe - cgabe@civitasmedia.com



Photos by Catherine Gabe | Wellington Enterprise

Bernie Raab (left) and Jean Eglin bag fruit for the Christmas holiday food giveaway at Well-Help.


Morris Furcron, Well-Help board president, gets ready to set down a bag filled with food and move on to fill more.


Well-Help sets up an assembly line for helpers to grab food to fill bags and boxes. In a half hour they’re done filling 201 orders.


You’d better move quickly if you expect to catch this girl — Alison Gott is a blur of motion and activity as she hustles away with a filled bag of food.


A full bag is a heavy bag. Alison Gott finds it easier to pull this one along.


Even after all the Christmas-in-a-Bag/Boxes are filled there’s work to be done tidying up the area.


Alison Gott is on fire.

A can of yams, green beans, mashed potatoes, brownies, bread, and she’s finished putting together another Christmas-in-a-Bag. It’s so heavy she has to push it along.

“It’s fun because I get to help people in need and give them stuff,” said Alison. At just seven years old, she’s the youngest of the volunteers gathered at Well-Help’s offices to bag and box Christmas dinners.

Alison was there with her grandmother, Donna Gott, a Well-Help board member. “I just want to show her what it’s all about, that not everyone is privileged to have food and this is one way we can share,” the elder Gott said.

It took 18 volunteers a half hour to put together the 201 bags and boxes.

It went something like this: Well-Helpers set out all the food on tables, then grabbed bags and boxes and moved down the line, filling them with holiday foods. With bags and boxes full, it was time for round two and more packing.

It was a whirlwind of activity. Many of the volunteers were Well-Help board members. Others dropped by through the season, including families and youth, to lend a hand.

“It’s a good experience for our kids, so they can give back to the community” said Janice Wolfe, who took her daughter, Ashley, 11, and son, Eli, 13.

“It’s good to help out the needy this time of year,” Eli said. Ashley agreed: “It’s a season to give, not get.”

Jean Eglin and her husband, Paul, have been packing Christmas bags and boxes for 40 years with Well-Help. “I’m happy to do it,” Jean said. “It makes my day. It makes me happy to see the young people get involved.”

“Hey Bernie,” someone yelled to office coordinator Bernie Raab, “I think we’re out of boxes.”

“Then I think we’re done,” Bernie replied. “Still only a half an hour and we have fun doing it.”

Catherine Gabe can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @ReporterGabe on Twitter.

Photos by Catherine Gabe | Wellington Enterprise

Bernie Raab (left) and Jean Eglin bag fruit for the Christmas holiday food giveaway at Well-Help.

http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/12/web1_IMG_0094.jpg

Photos by Catherine Gabe | Wellington Enterprise

Bernie Raab (left) and Jean Eglin bag fruit for the Christmas holiday food giveaway at Well-Help.

Morris Furcron, Well-Help board president, gets ready to set down a bag filled with food and move on to fill more.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/12/web1_IMG_0114.jpgMorris Furcron, Well-Help board president, gets ready to set down a bag filled with food and move on to fill more.

Well-Help sets up an assembly line for helpers to grab food to fill bags and boxes. In a half hour they’re done filling 201 orders.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/12/web1_IMG_0119.jpgWell-Help sets up an assembly line for helpers to grab food to fill bags and boxes. In a half hour they’re done filling 201 orders.

You’d better move quickly if you expect to catch this girl — Alison Gott is a blur of motion and activity as she hustles away with a filled bag of food.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/12/web1_IMG_0136.jpgYou’d better move quickly if you expect to catch this girl — Alison Gott is a blur of motion and activity as she hustles away with a filled bag of food.

A full bag is a heavy bag. Alison Gott finds it easier to pull this one along.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/12/web1_IMG_0138.jpgA full bag is a heavy bag. Alison Gott finds it easier to pull this one along.

Even after all the Christmas-in-a-Bag/Boxes are filled there’s work to be done tidying up the area.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/12/web1_IMG_0172.jpgEven after all the Christmas-in-a-Bag/Boxes are filled there’s work to be done tidying up the area.

By Catherine Gabe

cgabe@civitasmedia.com