Students at West Branch High School brought non-perishable items and money donations into a competition among their home roommates. Students provided items for traditional holiday meals, including canned vegetables, potatoes in boxes, cranberry sauce, fillings and gravy.
The community moved up to supplement the drive with food and money donations from churches, businesses and individuals in the area. These donations provided dozens of turkeys, fruit and food for other meals to support families during the winter holidays, such as hot dogs and lunch meats.
“The support for the food effort this year has been incredible,” said Kristen Tice, West Branch’s NHS adviser. “We were able to offer a complete holiday meal, additional items for families to use for lunch while students are at home, and even toys.”
The generous donations from students and the local community gave the NHS the opportunity to purchase toys for parents to choose from during the food pick-up before the winter break. Families will also receive personal care items purchased through donated funds.
“We are so grateful to be in a community that offers such amazing support to our students and this project,” said Tice. “There have been so many organizations, churches and families that have provided food or money donations to make this holiday season truly special for our families, and we can not say thank you enough.”