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Local ‘kindness club’ gives back to essential workers

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HOLLISTER, Calif. (KION) Many knew Julie Neff as a 2nd grade teacher at Spring Grove Elementary School in Hollister, but now she has become one of the town's heroes.

"I thought maybe this would last a couple of weeks, but it keeps going. Every week we get do something else. It's because people keep hearing about this and want to be a part of something good," said Neff.

Every week, Neff packs her trunk with dozens of meals and delivers them to essential workers. It's her way to say 'thanks' for all they do.

"To offer this support to all our community members is just very inspiring," said Irene Rcehd with Union Bank, who received Neff's delivery Wednesday.

Neff's work begins long before the deliveries. She has raised around $1,500 to provide the meals. That money is used to place catering orders at local restaurants.

"We were through the moon because it was really special for her to pick us," said owner of Be True Cafe, Ruth Gutierrez.

Like many restaurants, it has been quiet at Be True Cafe. Preparing meals for Neff's 'Kindness Club' allowed them to staff more employees and keep their doors open for pick-up.

"It was big because that helped out. It helped out with our day production," said Gutierrez.

Neff's 2nd grade class put their own touch on the deliveries and wrote cards. While schools may be closed, Neff said that doesn't meant her kids can't still learn about giving back.

"To be able to go around the community and spread some love on behalf of them, the kids, it feels amazing," said Neff.

To support the efforts of Neff and the Spring Grove Elementary 'Kindness Club', email

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Megan Meier

Megan Meier is a multi-media journalist at KION News Channel 5/46.


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