Students at Hazard High School embodied the true Thanksgiving spirit prior to last week’s holiday, providing Thanksgiving baskets for 35 families in addition to donating over 600 pounds of food items to the Food Pantry at New Hope Church.
For two weeks prior to the Thanksgiving week, students collected cans of beans, corn, sweet potatoes, peas, fruit cocktail, and cranberry relish. They gathered deserts, rolls, drinks, boxes of mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese as well as gravy to add to their food baskets and then slipped in other items such as roasting pans, foil, tea towels, spices, and cooking utensils, including in each a certificate for a turkey. Students then hand delivered each basket to families and homes in the local community that have been hit so hard by layoffs and the downturn of the economy.
“The kids and our teachers stepped up to the plate, just like they always do,” said Principal Happy Mobelini. “Any time there is a need in the community, they are anxious to help out.”
Helen Williams, director of the Hazard High School Youth Service Center, says that, “Encouraging students to become involved in community service projects, such as this one, helps our kids realize that they can make a difference in the lives of those around them. It starts a chain reaction of kindness and compassion that enriches our community.”