Northwood says “Yes, we CAN!”

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Northwood students donated a total of 11,945 items according to ASB, during Northwood’s sixth annual Canned Food Drive, which was held between Nov. 6 and Nov. 16.

Northwood’s ASB encouraged students to donate canned food and other items, such as cereal, paper towels and fruit juice during this food drive. All the items will be donated to Families Forward, a non-profit organization that helps people living in Orange County who are homeless or living in poverty.

“The canned food drive leaves a bigger impact on the community than a lot of people realize, since no one in Irvine really sees those who have financial problems and we’re not exactly surrounded by people who need help with the basic necessity of food,”  Community Representative and junior Kaylee Nguyen said.

In addition to donating towards a good cause, Northwood’s TAs were also competing for a pizza party, which would be held for the TA that donated the most items in total. The top three TAs were Melanie Hanley, Greg Guy and Phil Roh, whose TAs donated 4,069, 2,948 and 2,009 cans respectively, with Hanley’s TA winning the top prize.

Even though the food drive is over, students are still encouraged to donate more items throughout the holiday season. Families Forward accepts food donations directly at their locations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays. For more information on donations and volunteering, students can visit the Families Forward website.

“Families Forward does a great job of providing those families every day and even more so on the holidays to give them the things that we take for granted,” Nguyen said. “It was really comforting this year to see how many people gave back to the community and wanted to help those in need.”