More than 1,000 attend Community Day

Published 11:02 am Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Participating in check a $50,000 check presentation from the Walmart Foundation to the Cover 3 Foundation were, from left, Brian Lane, David Holton, Pam Humphries, Steph Wood, Tye Rather, Shonda Hill, Greg Scott and Jada White. DON BRIDGERS/TIDEWATER NEWS

FRANKLIN—The Cover 3 Foundation within 90 minutes Saturday gave away 525 book bags during its first Community Day at Walmart in Franklin.

“We ran out,” said Steph Wood, business and development manager for the Franklin-based organization, which provides snacks and meals to 2,800 youths annually from Emporia to Portsmouth.

“People were lining up by 10:30 (a.m.), and by 1:30 (p.m.), we were completely out of book bags,” Wood said.

Scheduled to begin at noon, the Community Day brought more than 1,000 people to the Walmart, which used the event for a ceremonial presentation of $50,000 to the foundation.

Received in June, the money was used to buy a van to deliver meals to some of its 54 locations, buy computers for the office and add Southampton and King’s Fork high schools a summer meal locations, Wood said.

The balance will be used to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for serving four times a week to youths.

Former Washington Redskin defensive lineman Greg Scott, founder and chief executive officer for the foundation and a Franklin native, signed more than 500 autographs.

“It was an awesome day,” Scott said. “We were very happy with the turnout and hope to do more events like this. The community is starting to take notice.”

Walmarts from Franklin, Emporia, Danville, Appomattox, and South Boston donated the book bags, paper, pencils, glue, binders, calculators, highlighters, markers, and one-subject notebooks.

In 2011, the foundation served 260,000 snacks, 44,000 lunches, 50,000 suppers and 27,000 breakfasts.