For the third year, the Rockford bus drivers union gave back to the community by donating food and money. Working with North Kent Community Services to make the best use of monetary donations, the group was responsible for feeding six families this holiday season.
Union President Craig Morrow said the group, which is technically known as Rockford Education Support Personnel Association (RESPA), knows many in the area are having a hard time financially. He said they put up a poster representing six families and list the staples of a holiday meal. Union members either donate those items or sign up to make a financial contribution for the cost of the food. The two-week drive included all 66 Rockford bus drivers. Morrow said next year the union members plan to increase their giving and adopt a family from each of the elementary schools for which they drive.