American High School Clubs Hold Canned Food Drive for Charity
From January 6, 2014 through mid-February, American High School’s STRIDE and Give Ability Clubs held a canned food drive to help donate to the less fortunate.
The targeted donation center, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, is an internationally renowned charity that provides certain necessities like food, shelter, clothing, financial aid, etc. for those who need it most.
“We chose to donate the canned goods to St. Vincent because we wanted to support it and the over 14 million people it helps each year,” STRIDE president Monica Dunn (11) said.
As two brand new clubs in the American High community, both STRIDE and Give Ability displayed enthusiasm towards their first ever collaborative food drive.
“We aspire to hold a canned food drive next year too,” Give Ability president Felicia Lin (10) said. “We hope to keep improving the amount of donations we receive.”
Events similar to this drive are often conjured up by the students and clubs themselves, this being no exception. As the STRIDE club advisor and collection site of the donations, AP English teacher Mrs. Smith expressed her thoughts about the drive.
“I love the concept of giving. I’ve participated in many food drives before, but this is my first time hosting one,” Mrs. Smith said. “I think these sorts of events really reflect the caring and respectful personalities of the students here at American.”
For this particular event, the two clubs combined their ideas together in hopes for a successful turnout. Although partnerships aren’t frequently found amongst the clubs at American, both teams spoke proudly of the students’ team effort.
“We were able to split up the duties and spread the word to even more people. We look forward to collaborating next year, and we definitely recommend it for the other clubs as well,” Dunn said. “We both really enjoyed working together for the benefit of humanity.”