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Fort Zumwalt Bulldogs organize canned food drive for families in need

The Fort Zumwalt Jr. Bulldogs Cheerleaders and football teams will be collecting canned food for local food pantries to help families in need on Oct. 6 and Oct. 12. [Provided photo]

The first two weeks of October for the Fort Zumwalt Junior Bulldogs Cheerleaders will go beyond the squad’s routine importance at school football games.

On Oct. 6 and 12, the Junior Bulldogs cheerleaders and football players will strive to help others in need.

The team will host a canned food drive at Walmart in St. Peters on Oct. 6 to benefit the Fort Zumwalt Progress South Elementary Backpack Program. On Oct. 12, the team will host another canned food drive for the Backpack Program and local food pantries during the Junior Bulldogs’ first annual alumni game. Canned goods items and other non-perishable food items will be accepted.

According to Junior Bulldogs Cheerleading Coach Samantha Cox, the purpose of the canned food drives is to help families that are less fortunate and give the cheerleaders a chance to engage in community outreach that has a positive impact on their community.

“I’m hoping that when we collect all the stuff, that we will be able to take the boys and the cheerleaders back to the elementary school to help deliver [everything] so that they can see all the people they used to know in elementary school and see how thankful everyone there is for what they did [for them],” Cox said.

Cox said this is the first year for the canned food drive fundraiser. The idea was concieved by Cheerleading Director Sheri Hartmann.

Once Hartmann and Cox presented the idea to the cheerleaders, football players and parents, it was met with enthusiasm and support.

“Everybody that I’ve talked to seems pretty excited about it,” Cox said. “We have several of the cheer parents helping to plan it and raise raffle donations, so most of the parents are really excited.”

In addition to the canned food drive at the Walmart nehighborhood market at 3031 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St. Peters on Sunday, the team and cheerleaders will be collecting canned goods as well at the Junior Bulldogs Alumni night on Oct. 12 at Fort Zumwalt South High School’s Jack Ball Stadium.

The Alumni Night will feature a 6th grade game at 4 p.m., the 7th grade game at 5:30 p.m. and the 8th grade game at 7 p.m. There will 50/50 raffle drawings at halftime and recognition of donors to the program.

Cox is hopeful that for the cheerleaders and the players, the best part of the project is that they are getting to lend a helping hand to faminilies in need across the community.

“I’m hoping that they enjoy collecting the food and realizing that they are helping families in their communities that are less fortunate than themselves or even someone on their own team that they may not even know and think about things in a bigger than me type of way,” Cox said.

The canned food drivc at the St. Peters Walmart will run from 1 pmp to 3 pm this Sunday.

For additional information on the canned food drive, making donations, or the Junior Bulldogs Alumni Game Night, please contact Sheri Hartmann at (314) 750-5169.

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