Eureka High students are nearing the end of a two-week collection effort for their annual canned food drive. Their goal this year is 35,000 donated items.
"We collect food for local food pantries and help with our own adopt-a-family program," said teacher and student council advisor Andy Gensler. "Every student is invited to donate canned or boxed goods, and our student council members take the donations and make sure they are properly packaged for distribution."
Ryan Santoni, a Eureka senior and student council event co-chair, said, "I think it's going well. The last couple days have been busy, but a really good kind of busy. We all learn we need to be part of the community. We don't just go to school here. We want to be a part of Eureka."
"It's great to see everyone coming together for the community," said Eureka High junior and student council member Sydney Krey. "Everyone does their part in bringing a donation in."
"As of Nov. 6 we were up to about 14,000 donated items, so we're hoping for a couple big donation days," said Gensler. "Two years ago we collected 22,000 items in three days!"