Food Donations for the Children's Inn at NIH

Dear Parents and Students of the Elementary School (SEL through grade 4),

This year’s charity project will again benefit the Children’s Inn at the NIH. The collection of canned goods was very successful in the last few years, and we would like to take on this project again this Thanksgiving season.

The Children’s Inn, comparable with a hotel setting, is located by the National Institute of Health providing assistance to the families of children being treated at the NIH for life-threatening illnesses. NIH’s young patients come from all corners of the United States, and even from overseas, to receive long-term and intensive treatments. Many families are not in a financial position to pay for hotels on a long-term basis while also carrying the financial responsibility of medical treatments. The Children’s Inn provides families with a “home away from home” during their difficult and stressful times. This enables families to remain close to their children while they are receiving medical treatments.

The Children’s Inn provides families with a community kitchen in which they have a chance to prepare their own meals and dinners. However, due to logistic and financial issues, many families are often unable to purchase food items.

Starting Monday, November 18th through Friday, November 22nd, 2019, we will collect canned goods and other food donations for the Children’s Inn in front of the Elementary School  library.

On November 22nd, with assistance from all the students (forming a long assembly line), we will move all the food items into vehicles to donate them to the Children’s Inn.

The following items are especially needed for the pantries at the Inn.

  • Rice
  • Oil
  • Individual cereal packets
  • Pudding and Jello cups
  • Jam
  • Pasta sauces, pasta mixes, pizza sauce
  • Canned fruit, fruit cups, dried fruit, raisins
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Healthy individual sized snacks like granola bars, apple sauce, pretzels
  • Tuna cracker kits
  • Juice boxes and bottled water
  • Spices, oils, etc.
  • Nutella, Nutella kits
  • Condiments (mayonnaise, mustard, honey, BBQ sauce etc.)

Please check the expiration date on food you donate and ensure the items do not need to be refrigerated.

I will also introduce the Children’s Inn project to each class so that the students understand exactly whom the canned goods will be benefitting and why this project is important. Furthermore, the students will assist in making one big, poster-sized, Thanksgiving card for the Children’s Inn in which the Elementary School of the German International School Washington, D.C. wishes them a “Happy Thanksgiving”. The students will each color a picture and glue their it to the card.

We are looking forward to working together on such a great cause!


Ulrike Schweitzer, ES Counselor

In teamwork with the ES Principal and ES Colleagues

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