Students help 1,000 people with the Greater Lancaster Holiday Food Drive
South Lancaster Academy students joined with local church members and Pathfinder clubs again this year to collect, sort, package, and deliver food to families in need of a little extra help during the Thanksgiving season. They were able to provide a week’s worth of food to feed 260 area families, adding up to about 1,000 people.
The elementary students made cards for each of the families. All grades participated by either sorting food, boxing food, washing a ton (literally) of donated apples and squash, carting food around, assembling and packing boxes, and even decorating the boxes with cheerful messages. The students also prayed for people to be blessed by the food the received.
Editors note: The Greater Lancaster Holiday Food Drive is a ministry of several Lancaster area Adventist churches and organizations, organized by the College Church. This annual food drive began in late October 2016 when volunteers delivered brown-paper grocery bags to every home in Lancaster and parts of neighboring Clinton. Stapled to each bag was a note requesting residents to fill the bag with nonperishable-food items. Volunteers returned the next week to pick up the bags of food left on doorsteps and took them to the College Church. There they sorted and packaged multiple boxes of food, customizing them for households.
Students send 150 boxes for Operation Christmas Child
With the high school students helping the younger elementary students to pack toys, school supplies, and personal hygiene items in shoebox-size boxes, the students filled 150 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child delivers these boxes to children in countries outside the U.S. who have been affected by war, poverty, natural disasters, famine, and disease.
Shauna Neidigh, development director, South Lancaster Academy