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Proconex Partners with Preston's Pantry Project and Philadelphia Reads

August 15, 2019

Proconex partnered with two local organizations, Preston’s Pantry Project and Philadelphia Reads and collected 150 pounds of food and household supplies and over 375 books! Employees brought in nonperishable food items, juices and water and new and gently used school aged books.

Proconex employees collect 150 pounds of food for Preston’s Pantry Project

Preston’s Pantry Project supports a local food bank. Food banks are usually in demand for food and supplies all year long but especially in the summer months for people in the community who are less fortunate. One day in May of 2018, Preston Dray and his mother dropped off 45 pounds of food at a local food pantry. “I wanted to help poor people,” Preston wrote in a note along with the food items he collected. “Some kids do not get free breakfast in the summer-time.”

A year later, Preston and his mother drowned in a flash flood. Inspired by Preston’s selflessness, the Boyertown area community organized Preston’s Pantry Project in remembrance of Preston and to inspire others to donate food. Boxes have been placed in more than a hundred locations in four counties.

Preston’s goal was to help the less fortunate. The overall support from the community has been overwhelming. Not only has the food project brought in much needed food to feed the less fortunate, but has given the community a way to honor and remember Preston and his family.

One resident said, “If we all acted the way Preston did, our world would be a better place.”

Proconex employees were excited to donate food and supplies to help the less fortunate as well as keeping Preston and his family’s memory alive.

You can learn more about Preston’s Pantry Project here

Proconex employees donated 375 books to help Philadelphia Reads

Philadelphia Reads is a local organization that provides access to books and offers community programs to foster a love of reading and increase literacy for school aged children in Philadelphia. All of the books that are donated are both new and gently used and go directly to the children, their families, teachers, schools, and other nonprofit partners. Their mission is to generate excitement about reading and support the local community with literacy programs.

Along with collecting books, Philadelphia Reads offers literacy camps during the summer the that are designed to ensure that Philadelphia children soar to their highest potential. The program meets for four days a week for a span of four weeks to ensure that children don’t slide backwards in their reading skills when not engaged in learning during the summer.

Proconex employees gave their love of reading to children who otherwise wouldn’t be able to buy books by donating 375 books!

You can learn more about Philadelphia Reads here and the Proconex Community here.