Students at St. Francis High School rallied this Thanksgiving season to help local families in need. The school’s Service Club organized its annual food drive, packing 508 food boxes and purchasing 530 vouchers for turkeys.
“The food drive emphasizes our school philosophy that we should help other people,” said senior Andrew Schwartz, student coordinator of the event. “We are fortunate here, and this proves that we can help those outside the school.”
For a month leading up to the food drive, students collected money that went to purchasing canned and dry goods. They raised more than $16,000. Approximately 140 Service Club members stayed after school one afternoon to assemble food boxes so that families could prepare hot dinners with items such as pasta, soup and dessert.
“I was happy with the turnout,” Schwartz said. “It’s a fun time for everyone.”
The St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Catholic Worker and three hospital dialysis centers distributed the food to the families.
The Service Club is wrapping up its annual Coat and Blanket Drive. Students are asked to donate blankets, sleeping bags, clean sheets, pillows, heavy coats, jackets, fleeces, sweaters and hooded sweatshirts. St. Anthony’s Clothing Closet, associated with St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room in Menlo Park, will be the primary beneficiary of this year’s drive.