Local students help homeless

Grace Episcopal students sit inside Tom Turkey, a design they created with more than 350 cans, jars and boxes of food. (Courtesy photo)

The students of Grace Episcopal School helped feed Alexandria’s homeless by creating a gigantic, canned-food “Bountiful Tom Turkey” on November 17.

Measuring 28-by-32 feet, this turkey-shaped structure was made entirely of boxed and canned foods contributed by Grace Episcopal School families. The outreach project took four hours, with every child from preschool through fifth grade helping with the construction.

More than 350 cans, jars and boxes of food were used in the construction. All of the food was donated to the Grace Episcopal Church Food Pantry, which works in conjunction with the Alexandria Department of Human Services to feed local families in need.

“Tom Turkey was a wonderful visual aid demonstrating the joy of giving,” said Chris Stegmaier Byrnes, head of school. “It was a fun way to help others and to reflect on how truly blessed we are.”