(T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
"The Great Canned Food Drive has been a tradition at Central High School for over 30 years," said Principal Don Embry. "This is a way for our students to give back to our community and help others who are in need. I am very proud of our students' willingness to help others and their participation this year."
Good Samaritan has been the primary beneficiary of the donations all these years, and Cathy Miller, director of the non-profit, told students how their efforts make a difference in the community. "Good Sam serves about 1,100 people a month. If it wasn't for this food drive, we would not be able to serve those families," she said.
First Choice Pregnancy Center also benefits with donations of baby items like diapers, wipes and baby food. The center, which serves about 300 women a year, received 1,925 items. "Thank you so much for your generous support," said Donna Thomas, executive director.
Students who donated the most cans were honored. Chase Smith (1,310 cans) and Lexie Landers (1,885) brought in the most donations.
The school's student council organizes the project each year, setting a theme for the drive and display. Cans are brought in by students for two weeks before being moved to the gym floor where each class uses the cans to form the display.
This year's theme was based on the Little Engine that Could, who famously faced a challenge saying, "I think I can."