Assabet Valley Robotics Team Donation Drive Successful

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Marcus Fletcher, Project Coordinator for FIRST robotics, Sarah Sheldon, event coordinator, Darren Chaulk, parent volunteer, Tyler Chaulk, of Shrewsbury, Jennifer Moore, of Hudson, Andrew Clark, of Marlborough, and Nicole Chaulk, of Shrewsbury. Photo Credit: Courtesy photo
Sarah Sheldon, event coordinator, Marcus Fletcher, Project Coordinator for FIRST Robotics, Nicole and Tyler Chaulk, of Shrewsbury, Randy Zomar, volunteer, and Darren Chaulk, parent volunteer. Photo Credit: Courtesy photo

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — Members of the Assabet Valley’s Robotics team had a food and toy drive Sunday morning, collecting hundreds of dollars, plus several carriages worth of donated goods.

“The generosity we witnessed today just amazes me,” said Sarah Sheldon, organizer of the project. “One of the highlights of the morning was when one gentleman stopped and explained to his two young sons that charitable giving is so important to help those who may not have as much, and then they came back out of the store and the oldest son proudly handed us a bag of groceries. That was the best moment of the day.”

The group stood at the Hudson Stop & Shop and approached shoppers as they headed in, asking if they would mind adding some extra non-perishables or toys to their  shopping to donate to the Hudson Food Pantry or Toys for Tots.

After loading nine carriages and boxes of groceries and toys, and adding up $400 in cash donations, the team moved the items to the school to store for delivery to the Food Pantry and Toys for Tots. The cash will be divided evenly between the two organizations.

“So many people came back out of the store with items to give us, or they just walked over and donated cash,” said Marcus Fletcher, project coordinator for the robotics program at Assabet. “The outpouring from everyone was very heartening.”

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