Students at Columbus North High School are making the holidays a little merrier for more than 100 area families.
The Columbus North Student Assembly launched a canned food drive in early November with the food being given to 125 families that have been identified by the Salvation Army, said Gwendolyn Terry, a senior at North.
The annual food drive, which has resulted in 8,000 canned goods being donated, has been going on at the school for 50 years.
The remainder of the food will be given to the school’s Bull Dog food pantry and the Love Chapel, Terry said. The majority of the cans have been provided by local residents after students placed door-hangars notifying them of the collection drive, and students have also brought in cans of their own, said Finn Anderson, a senior at North.
Families will receive a turkey, bread and canned goods during deliveries on Dec. 20, Anderson said.
“It’s great to see the smiles on people’s faces,” Anderson said.
Principal David Clark commended students for stepping up to make a difference in the community and said he’s proud of their efforts.
“It’s something we do,” Clark said. “They take this opportunity to show that caring is powerful.”