HELENA – Helena High School students and community members have spent the last three weeks gathering donations for food baskets to ensure students get a holiday meal and enough food to last through the week-long break.
The food drive has been taking place at Helena High for about 20 years.
Each year, enough food is gathered up to fill between 40-50 baskets.
This year, 42 baskets were put together, with everything needed for a Christmas dinner and enough meals for the remainder of the week.
HHS Student Council organizes the event and the student leaders say it feels good to make sure everyone has enough to eat.
“It’s been pretty cool, just watching all of the clubs come together,” says HHS Student Council Secretary Tim Cuddy. “I’m in a few clubs myself and they’ve been talking about this for the past few weeks about wanting to put one of these together.”
Adds Student Council Vice President Reyla Williams, “It’s really nice to have the whole community, as a family together. Because not everyone has the food and money they need over the holidays. So to be able to participate in something that’s helping families who need it more than we would, it’s nice to see that.”
The baskets also included a puzzle, game or movie so families would have an activity they could do together over the Christmas break.
Reporting by Melissa Jensen for MTN News