Food drive to honor pregnant woman, son who died after car swept away by floodwaters

By Charlotte Reese 

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — People in Berks County are coming together to honor a pregnant mother and her young son who drowned during a flash flooding last month.

The annual food drive in Boyertown will now be called Preston’s Pantry Project, named after 9-year-old Preston who died during a flash flood along with his mom, Pam. 

“Once the story had broke, somebody found the post of when Preston had ran a food drive at his elementary at Pine Forge in 2018. He was able to collect 45 pounds of food,” said Heather Stehman, one of the organizers. 

Support from the community has been overwhelming.

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“We had originally like, ‘oh maybe we’ll get 25 locations and that should be good,’ and then within 48 hours we had over 100 locations and people just asking ‘how can I help, can we volunteer at a store, what can we do just to help,'” Stehman added. 

There are now more than 250 collection sites throughout the Delaware Valley.

Donations will be accepted through Aug. 18 and will benefit the Boyertown Multi-Service Center. 

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