By John Pacholski ‘18
As the weather turns colder and Christmas music plays on the radio, the 81st installment of the Rini Family Christmas Food Drive starts to take shape as well. The food drive with the slogan of “4 cans, 4 dollars, 4 others” will help to feed families in the greater Cleveland community this Christmas and provide holiday cheer to those who need it most.
The planning done by the Christmas Food Drive core team starts long before Christmas carols play on the radio. Members on the core team are broken up into individual committees set to accomplish tasks such as getting and making boxes, counting the food and money, homeroom heralds and publicity, and the map makers. Each member of the team has to do their part to ensure the whole food drive goes off without a hitch. On the Christmas on campus day, all the teams come together to make all the baskets and prepare them to be delivered the next day. Finally ending on Saturday, there is a drive-through type assembly line in the chapel lot for anyone to pick up a basket and take it to a family.
Leader of the box committee, Brad Anderson ‘18 says, “Christmas food drive delivery day is the best day of the year. It’s a great time because the Christmas Food Drive brings the whole community closer together more than any other event on campus.” The delivery day is where others are invited and encouraged to come to the chapel parking lot, pick up a basket and a map, and then take it to a family in need.
Last Saturday, December 16, the baskets were delivered by a plethora of students and volunteers, all working together to bring Christmas to those less fortunate.