Hilltop Helps Community Rally Around Family With Potato Dinner

02-23-2015-Hilltop Potato Dinner-T (25) WEBBy: T.J. Hug
The Village Reporter

The Morris family has certainly seen better days.

A few short weeks ago, the West Unity tribe saw their house burn down. For matriarch Corrine and her three sons, all of which are currently enrolled at Hilltop High School, the loss was a devastating one. It’s difficult to imagine what they must be going through.

That doesn’t mean people aren’t there to help, though.

Indeed, the whole community came together for the explicit purpose of raising money for the Morris family. On Monday, February 23, Hilltop Local Schools hosted a potato dinner in their Commons area for that exact reason. Throughout a two hour span, several residents of West Unity came and went, giving a freewill donation before enjoying a baked potato, a wide selection of toppings, and some scrumptious dessert.

Those items, along with the time involved in both serving the food, and setting things up, as well as the necessary cleaning afterward, didn’t cost anyone a dime. Not the school. Not the volunteers. And definitely not the Morris clan.

“A lot of people have stepped up and donated.” High School Principal Steve Riley proclaimed.

Riley, who ran the dinner on the school’s behalf, expressed his appreciation to a good many organizations for their support of the event. Schaeffer Home Remodeling, Arps Dairy, the Subway of West Unity, Mrs. Dennis’s Potato Farm in Wauseon, the Hilltop FFA and Student Council, several area churches, and the parents of the Cadet Boys Basektball team’s players were all acknowledged as essential for making the dinner happen.

With so much support being shown by their friends and neighbors, maybe things are starting to look just a little bit better for the Morris family.

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