By: Kavitha Brunner
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Imagine your annual Thanksgiving traditions: Are you picturing sitting in a warm place you call home, being surrounded by people that love you, and enjoying the decadence of a home-cooked meal and sweet desserts? Now imagine spending Thanksgiving alone, without a place to call home and unable to spare the money to conjure up delicious indulgences.
A tradition that is commonly taken for granted, Thanksgiving dinner is an experience that not everybody is able to revel in. This holiday season, share the beautiful traditions of Thanksgiving with others and give back to your community by taking part in Hammond’s canned food drive, which ends on November 20th.
Hammond’s drive benefits constituents of the Bread of Life Food Pantry, located within the First Baptist Church of Savage. In order to help out, you can bring in non-perishable food items to your first period class, where collection boxes can be found. Despite the name of the drive, your options are not limited to cans: feel free to bring in boxed items as well, as long as the food can’t go bad.
The drive at Hammond is run by the school’s Interact Club, sponsored by Ms. Barlow. “The food bank is there at the church all year round,” says Ms. Barlow, “but it’s really crucial that food is received during the holidays.”
If the incentive of giving to those in need isn’t enough to propel your desires to participate, consider this: there will be a Chick-Fil-A breakfast provided to the top three contributing classes at Hammond. “Every class has an equal chance of winning,” club president, Kevin Baker, says: “The average number of cans per capita is what counts, not the total number of cans. A class of two, or a class of twenty-two, both have the same chance at winning. It’s relative.”
Hammond’s Interact Club aims to provide students with meaningful community service opportunities. Anybody is welcome to join. The club participates in other activities throughout the year, such as cleaning their adopted road.
You can also help the Bread of Life Pantry by helping at the facility itself. Volunteers are needed on Wednesday evenings, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. They also accept $2.00 donations to help senior citizens in need.