H-E-B employees surprise local school employees
H-E-B employees made surprise stops at a dozen Killeen ISD schools Tuesday to say thanks to the staff members who have prepared, packed and served tens of thousands of meals to students since campus were closed in March.
Employees of the H-E-B store on Trimmier Road made the surprise stops holding posters of support as they passed out goodie bags, which included face masks, lotions and hygiene products at all 12 schools which as of last Friday had already passed out over 146,000 meals.
"Thank you so much for all you do," an H-E-B employee said as she delivered the bags at West Ward Elementary School.
"For our community and just being on the frontlines each and every day."
Rayne Honan is a nutritional worker who says she's been at work every week day before the sun comes up to make sure the food is ready for the kids to pick up.
She was so moved today her voice quivered as she talked about what the gesture meant to her.
"It just meant everything to me, everything in the world," Honan said. I really am truly going to get teary-eyed because it just validates everything we do every single morning. We are here at 7:00 o'clock packing these meals and we do it all for the kids because we want them to eat."
Honan said the hardest part of her job lately has been keeping a distance from the students she loves so much.
"I have to plant myself and clench my fists because all I want to do is hug them," she said.
"That's all I want to do, but I can't, but it's lots of “hi' and 'we love you' and 'we miss you' so H-E-B thank you, thank you, thank you."
The meals are served from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Mondays through Fridays.