By Sam Elliott
Through the end of the week, the Fishers Government Academy Alumni are taking donations for the group’s Make it Personal Drive.
“This is our inaugural one and it’s something we hope to continue doing. We have a committee, the Pantry Partners, that decided to ask the two township pantries if they’d like support from us,” FGAA member M.E. Barwacz said. “They both said, ‘Of course.’ We asked what it was they really needed and they said they don’t get as many personal care items and there’s a huge need for that.”
The township pantries combined to serve more than 3,000 residents in 2015, but run low on personal care products such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, deodorant, razors, brushes, combs, toilet paper and paper towels.
“The sad thing is the majority of people here in Fishers don’t even realize how great the need is for those that need a little extra help,” Barwacz said. “It’s important and it’s really needed.
“My personal plea is for folks to kind of look in their budget and look in their heart, please go shopping and pick up the kind of items they’d buy for themselves and their families and bring them in,” she added.
Barwacz attended the Fishers Government Academy in 2013 and the FGAA was established in 2014 in an effort to keep alumni connected and involved with the community.
Collection boxes for the Make it Personal Drive have been set up at:
- Delaware Township office, 9090 E. 131st St.
- Fall Creek Township office, 11595 Brooks School Rd.
- Fishers Parks and Recreation Dept. office, 11565 Brooks School Rd.
- Fishers YMCA, 9012 E 126th St
- Sunland Chiropractic, 7350 Village Square Lane
- Britton Falls community building, 13079 Del Webb Parkway