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Crestview High School host a holiday food drive

 "For the past four years, the Leadership Class here at Crestview High School has done a Holiday FooD Drive to help families in need. They've usually served three or four families. This year, they decided to set their goals a little bit higher."

Ayla Humphrey "..to just see how many cans we could raise for a couple of families, because that's what we did last year. And we ended up raising over six thousand cans."

Ayla Humphrey says the school and the community rallid to make this year's drive the biggest so far. The project started as a food drive. Then students got involved.

Ayla Humphrey "Then people started bringing in things like toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, Davidson brought over some clothes, and we ended up creating enough for thirty families to help out in the area."

Along with the six thousand plus canned goods, other needed items, like laundry detergent and clothing, were donated. Stephanie Sanders is the teacher of the leadership group.

Stephanie Sanders "We come up with different projects and different ways to help our school and help our community. And at Christmas, that's the time that lots of families need a little extra help."

She says the students responded in a way she never expected.

Stephanie Sanders "A whole school effort. Everybody participated and got involved. Our original goal was about two thousand canned food items, and I quit counting at fifty-five hundred. And that's just a tribute to all of the kids we have here."

Now the leadership class will donate any food not distributed tonight to a local shelter for battered women