Tootsie Roll Drive
Council: 10019 - LEWISTON
This Annual Tootsie roll Drive has become quite a community effort in recent years. Our Knights have been blessed to be joined in our community drive efforts by volunteers from John F. Murphy Homes over the past several years. This year we also had help filling slots at one location from the Saint Dom’s Key Club as well.
On Saturday October 5th and Sunday October 6th we had our church drive. Five Knights at each mass posted at all entrances for 45 minutes before mass and 15 minutes after mass donning the recognizable yellow and red aprons and holding canisters welcoming parishioners to mass. That weekend yielded almost $600 for the drive.
Our community drive was held on two weekends, Friday and Saturday, October 18-19, volunteers were posted at two stations at Shaw’s supermarket and one station at Marden’s in Lewiston from 9 am to 6 pm. The following weekend Friday and Saturday, October 25-26 volunteers were posted at two stations Shaw’s supermarket in Lewiston and one station at Lisbon Street News in Lewiston, also from 9 am to 6 pm. Volunteers from John F. Murphy Homes were posted at both Shaw’s supermarket entrances from 9 am to 1 pm on both Fridays and the Saint Dom’s Key Club helped open slots on both Saturdays at Marden’s an Lisbon Street News. Many Knights filled the lion share of slots on both weekends.
Another time consuming but very important part of the success of the community drive was the counting room staff. Their duties began at 8 am each day meeting the startup volunteers and giving them aprons collection cans and bottled water. Each hour Faithful Navigator Bruce Labrecque would drive each location and collect full cans and replace them with empty ones and return to the Holt Family Church Hall counting room where our Chancellor Matt Veins and Karen Jordan (wife of Brother Knight Alan Jordan) double counted with Bruce each hour. Financial Secretary Ray Martineau and Past Grand Knight also spent several hours contributing to the counting room duties. Another task they were asked to fulfill was to take turns fill slots on the line when needed. Their long days did not end until about an hour after after the last cans were collected and subsequently double counted at the end of each day.
In total, our Church Drive and two weekend community drives raised over $4100.