Members of Jaxon Ingram’s family along with Pinnacle Canyon Academy Elementary Principal Mark Stuckenschneider and his wife Sonja visited Smith’s Food and Drug Friday afternoon to purchase fixings for a complete Thanksgiving meal for 15 Wellington flood victims. Boxes were filled with turkeys, stuffing, gravy, cranberries, green beans and much more, then delivered to grateful recipients following the shopping excursion.
The Thanksgiving meals were funded by money raised during a one-day fundraising event Ingram organized at Pinnacle Canyon Academy in October. The eight-year old boy was saddened by the destruction September’s flooding events caused in Carbon County and decided to help the best he could.
Ingram approached principal Stuckenschneider and asked for permission to conduct a free-dress day at the school. Those who participated in the school-wide event paid $1 to wear clothing of their choice. High school students at Pinnacle joined in the effort by selling pizza by the slice to help raise money.
Many families of children at the school also liked the idea and generously donated to the fund as well. USU Eastern also made a contribution. By the end of the fundraising effort, Ingram’s good-will event raised over $1,400, which was used to purchase 15 Thanksgiving meal care packages.
“The families don’t know that we are coming,” explained Ingram’s mom Paula Ingram. “I have printed the news articles about Jaxon’s fundraiser to include in the boxes so that they (recipients) know where the food came from.”
The Ingram family, along with the Stuckenscheiders, hauled several shopping carts full of food out of the store and into 15 homes to provide dinner for several families in need this Thanksgiving.