CROWN POINT | The Student Council at St. Mary Catholic Community School is hosting its annual Christmas food drive through Friday.
The ambitious goal this year is to collect 10,000 items - 2,000 more than last year. The food and other donated the items will be distributed to the St. Mary Parish food pantry, God’s Groceries, and Catholic Charities in Gary.
Students and teachers are finding creative ways to increase the number of items collected. First-graders recently took a shopping field trip to Strack and Van Til Food Store and brought back 500 items to donate to the food drive.
"We feel it's important to help those in our community who don't have enough to eat at Christmas time," said Student Council President Jenna Thomas.
The Student Council has also been hard at work promoting the food drive, and a number of local businesses have been lending a helping hand. There are food collection boxes available at The Super Bowl, Carriage Court Pizza, and Crown Town Grill on the square.
The Subway restaurant at 97th and North Main Street also donated the food items brought in from its Hunger Games fundraiser. Inspirational Fitness hosted an event during the Thanksgiving season and donated food items to the St. Mary’s Food Drive.
"St. Mary's greatly appreciates all the support it has received so far," Principal Tom Ruiz said. "The need to stock the shelves at the parish food pantry has increased over the years as more and more families are in need of assistance."
St. Mary's was half way to its goal by Dec. 5. "If you are interested in supporting the school's cause, please drop off any nonperishable items at the school office (405 E. Joliet St.) or at one of the three drop off business locations," Ruiz said.
Contact Student Council sponsor Ali Bickel at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. "The students of St. Mary's thank you for your support and generosity this holiday season," Ruiz added.