by Yixi Yang
On the weekend of November 12th-13th, the American Red Cross Club from Council Rock High School North ran its annual food drive for the homeless shelter located in Wrightstown. The drive ran from 10:00am to 6:00pm on Saturday and Sunday at Superfresh in Richboro and was a tremendous success. The club raised $550 in cash and over $2000 worth of food – that’s two minivans, packed.
The club collaborated with the local Red Cross chapter, creating lists of necessary items and dispensing them to Superfresh customers. At the exit, students set up a collection table and welcomed any can, cake-mix, box of jelly, and toiletry item given by shoppers.
More than two-dozen student volunteers worked various shifts over the two days, and whether touched by the sincerity of the members or the spirit of Thanksgiving, many shoppers and even Superfresh employees doled out a dollar for the cause. The food was delivered to the shelter, and the cash will be added to the donation fund that has been accumulating since September.
The entirety of the cash donations will be given to the Red Cross at the end of the school year, in time for Red Cross’ Change a Life Walk in the spring. This is the third such food drive organized by CRN’s Red Cross Club since its rebirth in 2009.
The club officers who have been leading the club for the past three years have taken every possible opportunity to provide aid to its mother organization. President Danielle Rosenbaum, Vice President Anna Lindvall, and Treasurer Yixi Yang have led the members in volunteering at community events at the Churchville Nature Center, cooking up numerous bake sales, running annual cake-walks, selling fruit smoothies, working the school store after classes end for the day, and creating a network of donors among friends and family.
They have also served dinner to people living at the homeless shelter and were invited to the Red Cross Volunteer Banquet every spring. At the last annual banquet, the officers were honored with the Red Cross Spirit of the Youth Award by the regional chapter. They have truly made a difference in our community and spread the reputation of Council Rock North across neighboring townships.
The club has more fundraisers planned for the rest of the year and will continue to participate in the Change a Life Walk. It has gained more members every year, and the young newcomers have definitely taken up the enthusiasm. They will certainly carry on this tradition of service to our community for many classes to come.