We love when members of our community come up with creative ideas to help feed Delawareans in need! Appoquinimink senior Celine Cumming organized the first-ever “Capture for a Cause” food drive event on Saturday, January 26.
The event worked liked this: 40 of New Castle County’s top politicians, business and civic leaders agreed to a voluntary kidnapping plot. As part of Celine’s plan, the family and friends of her kidnap “victims” were contacted via email with a ransom demand. In order to secure their release, a minimum, 15-pound donation of non-perishable food items had to be dropped off to the Appoquinimink Community Center last Saturday afternoon between 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Celine hoped to collect more than 600 pounds! By the end of the day she had collected more than 2,000 pounds!
“In high school, we’re challenged to develop a meaningful senior project,” she explained. “I decided I wanted to focus on the thousands of children, hard-working families and seniors who go to bed hungry each night.”
“There are a lot of big problems out there that I don’t know how to solve, but putting food on the table when a family needs it is something that’s within our reach. If we all work together, we can eradicate hunger in Delaware,” she said.
Celine had hoped that dozens of community members would stop by to make a donation. “It’s easy to find an extra can of soup or a box of spaghetti in the pantry. You’ll never even miss them,” she explained.
While the kidnap victims were under lock and key, local businesses generously agreed to donate free food and beverages. And the victim who brought in the most ransom (nonperishables) will be honored with a gift basket. According to Celine, Joyce Simmons of State Farm Insurance was the most valuable kidnapee, donating 556 pounds!
Capture for a Cause “Victims” included: State Senator Bethany Hall-Long, State Representative Quinton “Quinn” Johnson, State Representative Jeff Spiegelman, Miss Wilmington 2013 Amanda Debus, Appoquinimink School District Superintendent Matt Burrows and more!
Thank you to Celine for a job well-done!
Check out some photos from the day!