A powerful partnership
From Staff Reports
The photo taken at a ceremony before Kingwood Christian School’s Oct. 3 homecoming football game against Cornerstone Christian School said it all.
The picture depicts members of the KCS homecoming court presenting an oversized check for $1,000 to Chubb’s Grub Station owner Will Cholewinski, who is clearly overcome with emotion at the gesture.
“He was overwhelmed with emotion,” KCS Principal Ruth Gray said of Cholewinski during an Oct. 7 interview. “I’m not sure how much he was expecting, but I think it was much larger than he thought it would be.”
During homecoming week each year, Kingwood’s students select a local nonprofit organization for which to raise money and food donations. The school is adamant about selecting an organization that will help those in need right here in our community, and this year they hit the mark in a big way.
Chubb’s Grub Station, a popular restaurant off First Street Southwest in Alabaster, regularly holds its “Feed the People” program, during which customers receive free drinks and other rewards for brining in non-perishable food items to benefit local food banks.
At the end of each month, Chubb’s matches all the non-perishable donations with perishable food items, and donates them to Alabaster non-profit organizations such as Manna Ministries.
Once the KCS students heard about the restaurant’s program, they quickly decided to throw their weight behind it for homecoming. A few days before homecoming week began, Cholewinski visited KCS and shared his heart with the students.
“He told them about how when he was a kid, he struggled with hunger. He made a vow that if he was ever in a position to do so, he would always help feed people who are in need,” Gray said.
Cholewinski’s story obviously hit home for the KCS students, as they presented Cholewinski with $1,000 and 1,155 canned food goods at the Oct. 3 pep rally collected by students to benefit Manna Ministries.
KCS and Chubb’s have reason to be proud. Manna Ministries opens its doors every Saturday morning to provide food to local residents who may not otherwise be able to eat.
Making a difference for our neighbors who truly need our help? Mission accomplished.