Lapel residents find creative way to help local food bank

Posted at 10:30 PM, Apr 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-25 23:42:27-04

LAPEL — The Lapel community came together Saturday to help the local food bank helping others during the pandemic.

After learning the shelves were empty at the Lapel Community Food Bank, residents came up with the idea for a Lapel Dance and Donate event.

Starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, organizers visited homes willing to donate food and encouraged people to dance. Some even got creative with their dance routines.

The idea for the event started on the Lapel Social Distancing Facebook page, and expanded to helping those in the community who need it.

"It started out as a flash mob idea, but instead of doing one neighborhood, we decided to encompass the whole community, so then it became dance and donate," Stephanie Evelo said.

For some residents like Stacie Hewitt, the event gave them an opportunity to help those who may be suffering more.

"My job closed down, not been able to work," Hewitt said. "There is always someone suffering more. Always someone in need. If I have to take a little from me to make someone's day, I am happy to do it."

More than 60 homes took part in the event, donating more than 1,500 pounds of food and raising more than $1,000.

For more information on the food pantry, you can visit its website.