WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The annual Food 2 Help Alex Newsome Community Food Drive benefiting NourishNC kicked off in Wilmington on Monday night, and will run through Saturday.
This food drive is in memory of 11-year-old Alex Newsome, who was hit and killed by a baseball at practice in 2014. Newsome spent many days at Winter Park Optimist playing for the Wilmington Waves, a travel youth baseball team.
“You ask any of his friends or anybody that knew him, the kid loved to eat,” Newsome’s father, Garrick, said leading up to last year’s event. This is the reason Newsome’s family feels a food drive will not only honor his memory, but also help the local community fight childhood hunger.
What started as a small operation has expanded to schools, churches, grocery stores and businesses across the area.
This week, family members and volunteers will be in Winter Park to collect donations for the start of baseball season. The NourishNC donation van will be located at the fields.
April 1-5, local schools will be collecting food for the drive. Those schools include: Winter Park Elementary, Blair Elementary, Parsley Elementary, Coddington Elementary, Roland-Grise Middle School and Myrtle Grove Middle School.
Three Harris Teeter locations in our community will be a part of the drive on Saturday. Those locations include: Longleaf Mall, Hanover Center and Beau Rivage Marketplace. High school baseball teams will be outside the store asking for donations.
Drop-off locations include Select Bank and Trust and Masonboro Baptist Chuch.
All donations will go to NourishNC, a nonprofit in New Hanover County.