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WB community helps with NHS food drive

West Branch students fill dozens of boxes with nonperishable items, fruit, and other supplies for local families. (Submitted photo)

BELOIT- West Branch High School National Honor Society, through its annual food drive and with extensive community support, provided holiday meals, toys and hygiene products to more than 50 district families this holiday season.

Students at West Branch High School brought in non-perishable items and monetary donations in a competition among their homerooms. The students supplied items for traditional holiday meals including canned vegetables, boxed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing and gravy.

The community stepped up to supplement the drive, with food and monetary donations from churches, businesses and individuals in the area. These donations provided dozens of turkeys, fruit and food for other meals to support families during winter break, such as hot dogs and lunch meat.

“The support for the food drive this year has been incredible,” said Kristen Tice, West Branch’s NHS advisor. “We were able to provide a full holiday meal, additional items for families to use for lunches while students are home, and even toys.”

The generous monetary donations from students and the community provided the opportunity for NHS to purchase toys for parents to select from during the food pick up before winter break. Families will also be receiving personal care items that were purchased through donated funds.

West Branch High School students add items to food drive boxes that were distributed before winter break. (Submitted photo)

“We are so grateful to be in a community that offers such amazing support for our students and this project,” said Tice. “There have been so many organizations, churches, and families that have provided food or monetary donations to make this holiday season really special for our families, and we can’t say thank you enough.”

Students bring in turkeys donated to the NHS food drive, which provided holiday meals to more than fifty district families. (Submitted photo)

West Branch students sort through and organize food donations. (Submitted photo)

West Branch students unload the MAC Trailer food donations to be added to the holiday food distribution. (Submitted photo)

West Branch student Peyton Bell accepts MAC Trailer’s annual donation, which included food donated by employees and a monetary donation from the company. MAC Trailer selected the West Branch National Honor Society for its annual donation this year. (Submitted photo)

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