Since the beginning of November, Garden City Middle School’s sixth, seventh and eighth grade student council members have been collecting food donations as part of their annual Thanksgiving food drive. This year, items were collected for The NEST, a local food pantry completely run by volunteers that provides assistance to residents in Nassau County.
One of The NEST’s volunteers, Mrs. Hatzichristos, a retired, former middle school teacher, reached out to the student council, requesting they facilitate a Thanksgiving-specific drive due to the large number of residents in need of those items. Students were then asked to bring in items and sort them into baskets for families in need. Though Thanksgiving meal items were requested, additional items were also welcomed as donations would be used to help stock their food bank. Impressively, more than 800 items were collected and donated. While the NEST volunteers expressed gratitude for the items donated, Garden City Middle School students were thrilled to provide essential items to those in need.
Photo caption: Garden City Middle School student council members gathered after sorting boxes of donated food items.
Photo courtesy of Garden City Public Schools