by Katia Bryhadyr, Staff Reporter
Student Council distributed over 10,000 flyers on Saturday, Nov. 3, encouraging people to give food, coats and recycled electronics for this Thanksgiving season with the annual canned food drive to help families in the Wheeling community.
People around Wheeling left canned food at their door, and on Saturday, Nov. 10, Student Council picked up the donations.
“It feels good to give back to the community,” Isabel Chan, sophomore, said. “We don’t think about hungry people, and it’s good to be aware that there are families out there that need the support.”
Eighteen groups of students participated. In each group there were four to five students and they all collected food. More clubs, such as the National Honor Society (NHS) and Italian Club, are helping out with the canned food drive this year.
After the canned food is collected, it is put in boxes and sent out for families in need. This year the school did donations differently.
“Instead of keeping all the food for Wheeling High School, we donated to three different places: Rotary Club, Community and Economic Development Association and the Mount Prospect Food Pantry,” Sandra Chico, Student Council sponsor, said.
With sorting and packing, middle school students from Cooper Middle School came to help, along with Rodeo Club representatives.
According to Ms. Chico, all the donating is done anonymously. The students that helped out will not know which family the cans will go to.
“Wheeling has good social workers that are trusted by the students, and that’s how we help families in need,” Maritza Carvajal, senior, said.
On Wednesday, Nov. 14, Student Council will help load a truck to be shipped to the food pantry in Mount Prospect.
Also Raymundo Galazara, social worker and Snowball sponsor, will deliver boxes of food to families himself.
Each of the 30 families will receive three boxes of food for the Thanksgiving season.
Many of these families are a part of the WHS community.