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Students step up to fill Thanksgiving plates

Families in need will have a happier Thanksgiving due to the efforts of Crescenta Valley public and private schools. Local students gathered food and other items for distribution this holiday season.

Lincoln Elementary students collected canned and boxed food earlier in November to donate to local families in need through Glendale Healthy Kids.

The students rallied together to collect enough food to make a total of 36 large boxes that will be given away. Additionally, students collected quarters for fire victims.

In two weeks, $1,113 in quarters was raised.


Monte Vista Elementary also collected food products that were transported to the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station. Once there, they were combined with other donations that volunteers will package and distribute.

St. James the Less Catholic School started the spirit of giving early this year with their annual food drive.

Each year, the St. James Student Council leads the students and their families in donating food.

Students are encouraged to bring in canned and boxed food, as well as can openers and toiletries, to support a local food pantry in the Foothills.


This year’s collection was donated to the Baily Human Care Center at the Tujunga Methodist Church.

Each family at St. James was incredibly generous this year.

The Student Council spent their lunch time loading the 47 bags of food and five big boxes of toiletries to transport before Thanksgiving.

Classes were assigned items to bring, so that the school could donate a large variety of foods and necessary supplies.


— By Robin Goldsworthy