It’s Thanksgiving season in the town of La Plata. Trees are changing color, leaves are falling, coats are finally coming out after what felt like an extended summer. With Thanksgiving coming up, all the people in the county start to pull out their turkeys, their yams, and their pies. We have to remember though that some people around us are not as fortunate to have a feast for kings in front of us. This is why La Plata’s National Honor Society holds a food drive to collect food for Warrior families who are unable to eat like royalty – or close to it – each November.
The National Honor Society donates the food they collect here at the school to the needy families around the community and what isn’t given to a family goes toward the county food bank operated by lifestyles of Maryland. The food drive this school year is held until Friday, November 18, and the class that donates the most food will be awarded a donut breakfast in class on Monday, November 21.
Keep in mind though that the NHS is only accepting non-perishable food items during the food drive. A food that is non-perishable is something that is canned, like corn or green beans, or boxed, like instant mash potatoes or cereal. The reason for the group only accepting non-perishables is that this food will more than likely sit for days or even weeks without being touched and without being refrigerated. Therefore in these conditions any perishable food would go bad, hence the name perish-able.
Do not stop with only donating to the school’s food drive though; students, branch out into the community. There are so many food banks around our country, state, and county. Why would you only stop with donating to the school’s food drive, which only happens for one week out of each year? A lot, if not all, of the food banks around the country, state, and county are open year round. Some examples of food banks here in La Plata are all the churches; just ask around and eventually, you’ll find someone who’ll accept your donation. In the meantime, spread some holiday cheer, and be thankful for what you have. Have a good Thanksgiving break, La Plata High.