Students host holiday food drive to benefit Northeast Tech families

Students host holiday food drive to benefit Northeast Tech families
Posted on 11/16/2017
This is the image for the news article titled Students host holiday food drive to benefit Northeast Tech familiesThe cosmetology students at the Pryor Campus took some time out of their normal schedule to organize a food drive to benefit Northeast Tech families in need. Over a seven-day period, the students led their fellow classmates in gathering food and donations to create complete boxed meals.

“We’ve been doing this project each year for more than 20 years, and as long as it’s successful, we’ll keep doing it,” said Pryor Campus Cosmetology instructor Debbie Brady. “It’s a way we can take care of our own students and instill the importance of community service.”

Brady and her students begin the process by discussing what will be included in each box’s packing list.

“We have a conversation about what you need to make a Thanksgiving meal for a family of four or more – staples like flour and corn meal, spices, meats and vegetables,” Brady said. “I also ask my students to place themselves in the shoes of the families we’re helping. If you were receiving this help, what sorts of items would you want?”

During the week of the drive, cosmetology students went from class to class collecting food and spare change that other students were willing to donate. The classes that donate the most receive a “Day at the Spa” courtesy of the cosmetology students.

The money collected is used to buy additional items at Walmart to make sure each family receives a complete meal with variety. After a shopping trip to supplement the donations, the cosmetology students then have to sort what has been collected and organize the donations into boxes for individual families.

“It makes me feel great to help people, especially since it’s in our community,” said Lydia Phillips, a cosmetology student from Salina. “I like sorting everything and packing it for the families.”

By the end of the drive, the students raised almost $750, which provides meals for nearly 20 families.

“Our students are so appreciative of receiving this assistance during the holidays, because many of them are adults that fall between the cracks when it comes to the financial aid they can receive,” Brady said. “Sometimes people just need a little help, especially at the holidays.”
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