Community Basket Project and Cash for Cans
Since 2010, Thomas Jefferson has held a canned food drive to help those in need during the holiday. The drive has become a sort of a tradition around TJ and many were questioning if it would happen this year given the new safety precautions for Covid.
Despite these questions, the canned food drive was able to take place with some modifications.
DECA at TJ ran the drive by collecting monetary donations from students and staff instead of cans. They were able to raise over $440 to purchase food and gifts for those in need.
NHS volunteers were also able to help as they loaded the gifts and food into trucks and helped with the delivery. NHS students also gave back to the community by volunteering in Council Bluff’s community basket program, which provides gifts and food for families in need.
“Although the event looked a lot different this year, the students stepped up and helped wherever they were needed!” Carla Hartenhoff, TJ counselor and NHS leader, commented. “Thank you for your contributions and for letting some of our NHS students take part today in this worthwhile venture.”
Everyone worked together here at TJ to keep a tradition alive. Despite the challenges, everyone came together and provided for those in need this holiday season. Great job TJ!