Veterans, Mill Pond celebrate successful clothing drive


Veterans, Mill Pond celebrate successful clothing drive
Local veterans select their items during the annual veterans breakfast on Nov. 21 at Mill Pond Elementary School. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

WESTBOROUGH – On Nov. 21, Mill Pond Elementary School served up breakfast to local veterans, with a side of generosity.

For the past several years, the breakfast has served to cap the annual winter clothing drive sponsored by Mill Pond and the town’s Veterans Advisory Board. This time, the drive expanded to the police and fire stations; the Senior Center; Westborough Public Library; and every public school in town.

The results were crowded into a room down the hall from the cafeteria – bag upon bag of winter clothing, socks, gloves and toiletries.

According to Mill Pond Principal Peter Guellnitz – himself an Army veteran – the donations were scheduled to be picked up and delivered to Worcester on Monday, Nov. 28; the donations will benefit homeless veterans.

“This was the biggest year ever,” he said, adding it was “quite impressive” for a two-week drive.

Mill Pond’s parent group provided the breakfast of bagels, fruit, muffins and breakfast pizza. That breakfast was shared by members of the Veterans Advisory Board and sixth-grade leaders from the Student Council.

A former Mill Pond student was also in the crowd – Brooke Rosenshire, now a senior at Westborough High School and one of the drive’s organizers.

“I helped organize and coordinate with the other schools,” she said. “I also serve as a kind of mentor to the sixth-graders.”

The winter drive was also part of Kindness Week sponsored by Westborough Connects.

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