Whether they are marching in a parade, practicing, or out in their community volunteering, the North Queens Drill Team keeps the spirit of teamwork alive. Kim Looney joined the team in 1972 and has served as the drill mistress since 1980. Along with having fun as a team, one of Kim’s main goals for the girls is having them involved in community service.
The North Queens Drill Team turns into an assembly line of worker bees the day of Home Team Harvest, but their hard work and dedication begins way before this. For the month prior to Home Team Harvest the girls take shifts every Friday, Saturday and Sunday standing outside their local Albertson’s taking food and cash donations. A flyer they created gives ideas and suggestions for what people can buy to donate while they are shopping.
With the commitment of all its members, the team has had no trouble filling their bus full with donations the last few years. Forming a long chain, the girls pass down every single item as they smile and cheer with the crowd.
The girls explained that they love interacting with customers and that the smiles they receive is what makes this all worth it. Some said they have neighbors who get food from food banks. Even if the girls don’t personally know someone in need they all agreed it feels good to pay it forward.
Another thing that inspires many of them is the generosity of those who also might not have a lot to give away. They realize that sometimes people who are barely making ends meet themselves are the most generous and this sparks the enthusiasm of all the members. The girls on the team learn the true value of selflessness as they watch other members of their community donate to Northwest Harvest.
If you are interested in joining the drill team, contact Kim Looney at email@example.com - they are always looking for new members!