Thanksgiving Drive Brings Home the Gravy

photos by Ana Filomeno

The Hopatcong NHS Thanksgiving Food Drive reached its greatest success this year, when it collected and distributed more than double the amount of food it usually does.  Following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, the food drive came just in time to meet the needs of Hopatcong families.

National Honor Society members gathered together to assemble and distribute turkeys as well as baskets and boxes of food to Hopatcong families for the holiday. Normally, students had weeks to donate food, but because of Hurricane Sandy, collection days were reduced to three.

NHS advisor Lisa Kenny praised both the community and students for this year’s success. “A lot of the food items that were left at the high school after the shelter was closed were also incorporated into the food baskets,” said Kenny.  She pointed out that people really pulled through and came together in a short period of time.

 In all, there were 85 turkeys donated and a significant amount of canned goods and other foods to fill 52 baskets and 14 boxes. This was more than enough to feed the 55 borough families in need. Most families were given two turkeys and either two baskets or two boxes of food.  Thanks to 12 NHS members who worked for two and a half hours, sorting the baskets, and 12 NHS members delivering them during their lunch periods, many families in need were able to have a food- filled Thanksgiving.

Kenny voiced her thanks to all who were involved including: 16 NHS members, the HEA for donating baskets, Mrs. Judy Mancuso for donating boxes, 23 staff members, HS personal, secretaries, aides, and each student who donated.  Kenny also pointed out that help came from unexpected places, including 1996 Hopatcong graduate Mike Wichart,  who took off work to not only donate, but deliver 45 turkeys to Hopatcong High School.

When asked how successful the food drive was, Kenny responded, “Resounding success. Beyond expectations.”

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