Morgan Brown ‘17 – On October 26th, Romeo begins sponsoring the annual Samaritan House food drive. Students can bring in food for hungry families to have a nice Thanksgiving meal. In past years, Romeo managed to make a significant difference by giving to the program. This year, RHS looks to continue that trend.
According to current Samaritan House statistics, over 400 families in Macomb County seek help from their program, unable to afford a simple meal.
“There is a great need for helping people in our own community,” Kelly Carson, SERVE director, said. “Whatever we are able to donate has a really big impact.”
Any contribution to the food drive is welcome. Specifically desired foods include basic baking ingredients like flour and sugar, common goods like coffee or cereal, and Thanksgiving related items such as canned pumpkin or pie crust mix. A cash donation of $15 supplies one turkey to a needy family.
Romeo seeks to heighten donations by proposing a school-wide competition. Students can bring food to their first hour classes, and the winning class receives a bagel party, provided by Panera Bread.
“The food drive is a great way to help out families in our community,” Quinn Walker ‘16 said. “I think everyone should participate.”
Not only RHS but also other organizations throughout the community took the initiative to plan their own fundraiser. Starting November 1st, Meijer will keep “Simply Give” cards near their checkout stations. For every card that is bought, Meijer doubles the amount on the card to supply to Samaritan House. For example, if a $10 card is purchased, Meijer will donate $20.
The food drive occurs from October 26th through November 6th. Join the initiative to help the needy, providing them with a filling Thanksgiving meal.