Spreading cheer and helping others: Honeywell Foundation, The Paper team up to help Blessings in a Backpack

By Joseph Slacian

Since the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, officials with the Blessings in a Backpack program in Wabash has noticed an increase in the number of students served.

Because of that, they began looking for various avenues to help raise funds to purchase food distributed to about 600 students weekly to make sure they have the needed nourishment for the weekend.

To help that cause, the Honeywell Foundation and The Paper of Wabash County have joined forces with Blessings to offer Christmas cards featuring the artwork from area students submitted to Honeywell for its annual Christmas banner contest.

A package of 14 cards and envelopes featuring the artwork will be available at The Paper’s office. The cost is $15 per package. The package features winning artwork from the various schools participating in the program.

“We’ve noticed an increase need for our Blessings students,” Wabash program director Megan Henderson said. “Just with COVID and the current situation, more families are needing assistance. We were trying to brainstorm fundraising ideas, ways to raise more money so we could provide food for those extra students.

“A couple of years ago, my daughter made some cards to help with a charity in Taiwan. It was successful, so I reached out to Erica Tyson at Southwood Elementary about maybe making cards to sell. She directed me to Teresa Galley with the Honeywell winter art contest.”

Galley called the program “a great way to share out the students’ amazing artwork in a meaningful way. At the Honeywell Foundation we know that the arts are essential in people’s lives.

Posted on 2020 Dec 01