Kelli Fagala, a student at Unionville Elementary School, is a fifth-grader on a mission.
At the encouragement of her father, John, she has been working on volunteer efforts to help a local shelter for more than a year. John suggested that she come up with a plan for community service as they look toward college admissions, noting that competitive schools look at more than grades when determining acceptance of a prospective student.
"I want you to have a plan in place," he told her.
She took that to heart as she searched for an organization to help. When the Fagala family joined two other families to serve at a soup kitchen for the homeless, Kelli knew where she would concentrate her efforts. "I want to do my service project here," she said.
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That was last year.
Kelli has organized a hat and coat drive for the Union County Community Shelter and Soup Kitchen in Monroe. Along with the drive, she included a raffle for Panthers tickets. Then, she enlisted the help of her church to have a "love offering" on Super Bowl Sunday. The combined efforts of the raffle and love offering raised $3,200.
But, she hasn't stopped her community service.
On May 7, a fundraising breakfast will be held at her church, Benton Heights Presbyterian Church. More than 500 people are expected to attend.
Kelli believes so strongly in her community service project that she speaks in front of the congregation to gain their support. One hundred percent of the profits from the breakfast will go to the shelter. The full breakfast, that will include eggs, sausage, grits and biscuits, will be served 6 a.m.-10 a.m. Suggested donation amounts are $7 for individuals; $6 for groups of 10 or more; $5 for police, fire fighters and the military.
No RSVP is required. However, groups of 10 or more are asked to call John Fagala and reserve a table: 704-226-7737. Church address is 2701 Concord Highway in Monroe.