LOUISBURG — The District 9 Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is joining in the statewide GAL program effort to collect peanut butter and jelly on behalf of the kids they serve. The food will be delivered to food banks within District 9.
North Carolina Guardian ad Litem programs (N.C. GAL) have launched a food drive to collect plastic peanut butter and jelly jars to deliver to the nearest food bank in each district.
N.C. GAL is a child relief service group that seeks to help abused and neglected children. They work with the courts to advocate solely for the children’s rights across the state.
District 9 serves Franklin, Granville, Vance and Warren counties and helped 219 children in 882 court hearings during the 2015-16 year.
Regional Administrator Cy Gurney came up with the idea to do something to increase awareness for the N.C. GAL programs and for volunteers to take part in service for the community.
The purpose of the drive, according to District 9 Administrator Mary Jo Van Horne, has a twofold purpose: to increase public awareness of the N.C. GAL and to give program volunteers an opportunity for community service.
“We want people to know that they don’t have to be a part of the court system to collect peanut butter and jelly for children,” Van Horne said. “It is for our volunteers to participate in a day of service.”
District 9 will send the jars they collect directly to Kathy Harrelson with Feeding Franklin on Jan. 20.
The drive runs Jan. 15-21. According to organizers, the reason for collecting PB and J is because it highlights a child’s happiness and well-being.
This is the first time that N.C. GAL has gotten involved in a food drive. Van Horne said she hopes to make this an annual event, and for District 9 to be able to collect at least 250 jars.