DSS students expand holiday donation campaign

Students of Delta Secondary School are expanding their Twenty Days of Giving campaign to help more families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For over two decades students at DSS have collected food and gifts, and assembled hampers for families in need in the school community to help them through the festive season. Last year, they gathered thousands of food items, hundreds of gifts and more than $7,000 in gift cards.

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This year, knowing that many more families are in need of support, students are expanding the initiative with the aim of collecting enough donations to help 25 families and contribute to the South Delta Food Bank.

“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 Colleen Blatz, a social studies teacher at the high school who has been involved in organizing this initiative for over 20 years. “Although things might 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.”

The campaign will run until Dec. 7. Members of the community can drop off non-perishable food items at the school’s main entrance doors at 4615 51st street in Ladner. For donations of cash or gift cards, call ahead to the school office at 604-946-4194 to make arrangements.

Students are also planning a drive-thru food drive at the school for December 1.

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