By Jacob Salgado, Staff Writer
As the season of giving approaches, Verbum Dei High School is preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving in a charitable fashion. In a partnership with Loyola Marymount University, Verbum Dei has announced its annual food drive (Nov. 1 – Nov. 21) in an effort to give to those in need.
“Donating makes us appreciate how well we have it, and it makes us thankful” says Verb Senior, Adrian Ramirez. If more people were to have the same enthusiasm as Ramirez, it would help Verbum Dei reach its goal of collecting a grand total of 500 food items.
In an attempt to garner more supporters and donors, Verbum Dei’s House Committee and Campus Ministry has turned this food drive into a competition between houses wherein the house with the most donations will win a prize. The house with the most donations will be rewarded and announced on November 22.
“I would donate because there’s an incentive, and I get to help those who don’t have food,” said sophomore, Juan Castro.
“All proceeds will be given to Grant AME,” said Molly Fruland of Campus Ministry. These donations will be put to good use and will directly benefit the Watts community as Grant AME is just down the street from Verbum Dei, located on East 105 St. and South Central Ave.
The types of foods that students are encouraged to donate include canned foods (such as beans and corn), non-perishable foods (such as beef jerky and granola bars), and boxed food (such as pasta and rice). Students are urged to make sure that the food they are bringing in falls into one of these three categories to avoid being sent home with perishable food.