Leading up to the holiday season, students in kindergarten all the way through high school brought in non-perishable food items to assist local families who have been hurt by the struggling economy and could benefit from a little assistance.
"It's something everyone gets behind and supports," sponsor Eldon Haynes said. "The support we receive is just outstanding."
This year, the Student Council collected 4,715 canned goods from students, along with hundreds of dry food items. The holiday supplies are being distributed this week.
"On behalf of the RHS Student Council, we would like to thank everyone who donated food to our our school," Student Council member Neeley Sims said. "We collected enough food to supply several families."
Students took part in the annual event, bringing to school canned foods and non-perishable items from home supplies and those purchased specifically for the drive.
"Every item we receive can make a difference to someone," Sims said. "It's about helping others. We appreciate everything the Rector community has contributed, and thank each and every person for helping to ensure local families' needs are met."
The organization sends special thanks to area businesses for their support, which generated over $800 in donations for the purchase of additional food. The funds will allow the Student Council to purchase larger items such as hams.
"We're very grateful to those businesses whose monetary contributions will be used to complete food boxes for delivery," Haynes said.
The pantry, located in the gymnasium, can store thousands of cans and other food items. It features sturdy metal shelves which can handle the load of holding row upon row of canned goods. With the dedicated area, the pantry can be operated year-round.
"I thought everyone did an outstanding job," Haynes said. "I can't say enough about how great these kids were."
Though the food drive has concluded, those wishing to contribute may continue to bring their non-perishable food items to the school for distribution. Local families may receive food items by contacting Rector High School at 595-3553.