A school secretary at Waldon Woods Elementary in Clinton, Maryland is on a mission that matters and now the community is stepping up to help.
Over the years, while Veronica Scarborough sat at the office front desk, she noticed some of her “babies” didn't always have enough to eat.
Ms. Scarborough said sometimes the children would ask for a snack, and she couldn't say no.
“I would bring extra lunches and I would share," she said. "Then it became besides one student, two students, three students, and before you knew it, it was overwhelming!”
So, when her day job ends in the front office of the Prince George’s County school, Ms. Scarborough goes from taking school calls to making house calls.
She’s a one-woman delivery service. Each day after school, she walks into local restaurants like Popeyes, Pizza Bolis and 7 Eleven to pick up donations.
Once Ms. Scarborough collects the food, she dishes it out into individual meals and delivers hot meals to some of her students.
WUSA9 featured Ms. Scarborough’s story last November. We had no idea what would come next.
Dozens of people reached out, hoping to help Ms. Scarborough make an even bigger Impact.
On January 31, in the parking lot of Clinton Christian Assembly of God, a church just a block from Waldon Woods, the Unity Thunder Car Club rolled up in a half dozen classic cars.
Larry Taylor, a member of the group, saw Veronica’s story over his morning cup of coffee and felt moved to do something to help.
He and the rest of the car club purchased hundreds of dollars in snacks, meals and drinks for the students.
Ms. Scarborough said it’s donations like these that will help go a long way in helping her keep her program going.
“You just don’t know what it means to my babies,” she said.
For the Unity Thunder Car Club, this is a mission that will continue. Taylor made a promise to Ms. Scarborough that, “We’re here to help. When you call on us, we’ll be there for you.”
That wasn’t the only surprise for Ms. Scarborough. The Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation also saw her story.
“This story absolutely touched our hearts,” said Alexzandra Shade, the Executive Director of the Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation. She and representatives from the Credit Union Foundation dropped off dozens of brand new Odin, Feldman, Pittleman lunch bags, filled with food and toys, but that wasn't all. They also gave her a $500 grocery store gift card to buy more of what she needs.
Ms. Scarborough felt overwhelmed by the community support, which she says will make a huge impact on the lives of the students she helps.
“I can’t wait to see my babies faces so they can see the love and support they’ve gotten," Ms. Scarborough said. "It’s like Christmas!”
If you’d like to help, email firstname.lastname@example.org.