RHS Students Conducting Food Drive Through Friday

Thursday, December 11, 2014
RHS Student Council members (from left) Grayson Crancer, Tori Hill, Landen Crancer and Marla Crancer sort items collected during the group's annual food drive. The students will be collecting food throughout the remainder of the week for distribution to area families.

The holidays are a time of sharing, and the Rector High School Student Council is continuing its efforts within the community to ensure all local families have the opportunity to enjoy a holiday meal through its annual food drive. Currently underway, the food drive will continue to collect non-perishable food items through Friday, Dec. 12, for distribution to area families Dec. 17-19.

Elementary and high school students are bringing items to school daily, but the community is also encouraged to take part in the drive. Organizers note this year's start to the drive has seen fewer donations than in previous years. Those wanting to make donations, but who do not have a child currently enrolled in school may visit or call the high school office at 595-3553.

"It's very rewarding because the food we gather goes to families here," Student Council member Marla Crancer said. "There's a lot of need here. It's really important to help out others, and we're glad to be able to do our part."

Once gathered, the food items are stored in the food pantry located within the gymnasium. When the drive concludes, the items will be sorted in order to make distributions go smoothly. The Student Council is contacted anonymously in regards to families in need, with those interested in adding a family able to contact the office at the number above.

"This is something the community gets behind and supports each year," sponsor Eldon Haynes said. "The Student Council kids enjoy working with the community on this project and helping local families."

Residents and businesses are encouraged to make their donations this week in order to allow the students to determine the quantities which will be available for distribution. In the event of donations exceeding expectations, food will remain stored in the pantry, where it will be distributed as needed after the holidays.

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