A cooperative effort between the Knox Community School Corporation and the Kiwanis Club of Knox is seeking to assist those in need this holiday season.
Knox High School Assistant Principal Michael Bendicsen said that the corporation has for more than 20 years performed a food drive in an effort to collect nonperishable food items. Lately, he said, the food drive has also been receiving toys – something Bendicsen said was unexpected but certainly pleasant.
Bendicsen said each of the schools take requests for aid from the community, and when the form is filled out and approved, students will deliver food baskets to the lucky home. He said the forms ask how many people live in the home and what they are particularly in need of, and the baskets are filled accordingly.
Last year, the effort supplied about 80 families with toys and food, and he said they expect this year to come out on par with last year. He said they are always in need of donations, be it food or cash, to help with the food drive. Bendicsen also paid thanks to the Council on Aging, which allows them to use their facilities to organize. Any extra money or food is donated to the Starke County Food Pantry.
Bendicsen said the students will deliver the food on Friday, and the last day to donate or request aid is Thursday, Dec. 13.
Bendicsen said this cooperative efforts is a great collaboration and a wonderful community service that would not be available without the help of the community and the spirit of giving in the students at Knox Community Schools.