Chesterfield teen collects food and funds for 100K Meals Campaign in honor of late mom


CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — 8News is still looking for your help with the 100,000 Meals Campaign. 

Every year, 8News partners with Puritan Cleaners and asks the community to donate food or funds, so that children will not go hungry as the school year ends and summer begins. 

8News was there this week as Tara Barron dropped off donations for the campaign at the Puritan Cleaners on Midlothian Turnpike. It was in honor of her mother Kristina Gregory, who recently passed away.   

Gregory worked for Puritan Cleaners for 12 years and loved volunteering with the 100,000 Meals Campaign. Barron often volunteered, too, and wanted to follow in her mom’s footsteps.  

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“I’ve always went with mom and been at events with her and it was always super fun,” Barron told 8News. “And I love knowing that I’m helping out not only just a couple people but a lot of people. But now that she’s no longer here, I feel like it was left to me to be able to do this and make her proud.”  

Barron is a ninth-grader at James River High School and says she’s already looking forward to helping out again next year.   

And it’s not too late for you to help out. You can drop off donations at any area Puritan Cleaners location until May 4. 

You can also donate online here.

8News is also having a friendly competition between the morning news team and evening news team to see who can raise the most donations.  

If you want to support the morning team, tap or click here. If you want to support the evening team, tap or click here.

A $10 donation gives a child 40 meals. 

Puritan Cleaners 100K Meals visited the Chesterfield County Techincal Center. Click here to watch the video of what happened. 

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