Many people believe the season of December to be the season of giving, and none so much as the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club at Mount Union Area High School. This year, from Dec. 4-20, the club conducted a districtwide food drive and more than exceeded their own expectations.
Their goal was to bring in 500 items. This was based on the number of members in FBLA, which is currently 50, and unlike other fundraisers or drives, members of the club were not required to contribute a specific number of items. Surprisingly though, the officers of the club realized early on that they were going to surpass this goal.
Madison Shields, a senior FBLA officer, was appreciative of the contributions from the entire district explaining, “Within the first week we already had a closet full of canned goods. It was clear that we had underestimated how generous this little community truly is.”
By the end of the food drive FBLA had received 3,242 items in total. These goods were collected each day from the various schools and the members kept track of the items donated by each classroom. FBLA officers then sorted and boxed the goods each afternoon, and members delivered items to the food bank Jan. 7.
Shields was thrilled by their accomplishment and noted that it wasn’t all their doing. “We couldn’t have done it without the help of all of the elementary schools, along with the junior and senior high. The food drive was a great experience to be a part of and I’m so glad it turned out to be a success!”
Adviser Vicki Cooper shared similar sentiments of gratitude, “Words cannot even begin to describe how thankful I am for the generosity shared by our students and families. Seeing the number of students willing to donate items to fill a need in our community was easily one of the best Christmas gifts that I received this year.”