Salvation Army thanks THS students for food and clothing
Students at Tonganoxie High School received a letter of thanks from the Leavenworth Corps of the Salvation Army last week, for their effort in collecting food and clothing for the charitable organization's Christmas basket project.
The high school's annual "Save the World" project, started three years ago, resulted in the collection of more than 3,000 pounds of food and clothing. Money was also collected in the week-long effort, according to Wendy Altman, senior class president.
Capt. Byron Medlock, corps officer in Leavenworth, said anything left over from the Christmas basket project will be used by case workers to help needy clients for the rest of the year.
"Year after year we ask you to help us, and every year you come through with flying colors. We hear so much in the news about the problems of today's youth, but with students like those at Tonganoxie High School, we feel confident that our future is in good hands," he said.
Altman said the classes compete to see who can collect the most. This year the seniors won, she said. "On Monday, we had 'Change the World' day, and everyone collected spare change, which will probably be donated to a homeless shelter. Then we had 'Warm the World' day and we brought in clothing and blankets. We also had 'Feed the World' day when we brought in non-perishable food items and 'Clean the World' day when we collected cleaning and health-related supplies."
As a reward for winning the competition, the seniors got out of school an hour early at the end of the week, Altman said.