By Caroline T Robertson, Greer Relief Executive Director
When I walked in the doors of Greer Relief in 2007, I had no idea how special this community was and how special this organization was to so many. I soon learned we had a common friend. I answered the phone and a familiar voice, Gina Pranke, welcomed me to Greer. She was happy to hear of my arrival to Greer Relief and had some good news to share. Her 5 year old daughter, Kelsey, wanted to help feed the hungry. Little Kelsey decided that instead of trick or treating she would ask the neighborhood for food, or as she named it, Trick or Eat. This sounded like a great idea to me – candy is overrated and Greer Relief’s food pantry was bare.
With our blessing Kelsey Pranke began her “Trick or Eats” food drive that is still going strong 11 years later and growing each year. What started as a few bags of food grew to a wagon load, and then a car load, and now even includes blankets and coats. Her enthusiasm to keep the program going is beautiful. When people ask us if there’s any way their small children can help out or contribute, we always use Kelsey as an example.