Assembling food and gift hampers for families in need within the school community is a long tradition for Delta Secondary School (DSS).
Having started this year’s Twenty Days of Giving campaign on Nov. 22, their goal is to collect enough food, gifts and gift card donations to help 25 local families and the food bank, reads a Delta School District press release.
“Last year, they gathered thousands of food items, hundreds of gits and more than $7,000 in gift cards. This year, knowing that many more families are in need of support, the school community is hoping to match or exceed last year’s success,” it reads.
Until Dec. 10, non-perishable food and new toiletry items can be dropped off in the drop-box at the school’s main entrance between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Monday to Friday.
To donate cash or gift cards, DSS is asking that you call the school office ahead of time, at 604-946-4194, to make drop-off arrangements.
“This hands-on experience has really emphasized the importance of community and been a powerful example of what we can do when we all work together,” said Ms. Blatz, organizer of the initiative since 1999, in the press release.
“Although things continue to look a little different this year, we will not let the pandemic stop us. We have many who are ready and willing to help, including Student Government and the Interact Club. We encourage the local community to join in our initiative and help us to help others in need,” Blatz added.
DSS’s Interact Club is also going to be running their second annual Food and Donation drive-through event on “Giving Tuesday” (Nov. 30) from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the school parking lot.
If you’re interested in dropping something off at the school’s box in the main entrance, the address is 4615 51st St. in Ladner.