Annunciation students Fill the Bus with food

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Maria Howard, center, takes a box of food as Annuciation Catholic School students load donations of food on the school's activity bus as part of the Fill the Bus food drive for the Havelock-Cherry Point Ministerial Outreach Association's food pantry on Monday. The two-week campaign, which started as a simply food drive from the school's Interact Club, turned into an all-out campaign to supply the pantry with food in time for Thanksgiving.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 05:22 PM.

Annunciation Catholic School student Elizabeth Vernier didn’t mind a little manual labor on Monday, especially if it meant getting out of class and helping the needy.

“Don’t tell anyone, but rather than school, I like being out here helping the community,” she said.

Vernier and other students at Annunciation spent Monday loading food onto the school’s activity bus for a short drive to the Havelock-Cherry Point Ministerial Outreach food pantry.

Students struggled passing large bags and boxes of food down the line as part of the school’s Fill the Bus campaign. Every seat on the bus had bags and boxes of food, some of which also occupied the walkway.

“I honestly thought we were only going to fill half of it,” student Maria Howard said. “I was really surprised. We had gotten the bus pretty much filled, and then I saw more food. I thought, ‘oh my goodness.’”

Howard and Vernier are part of the school’s Interact Club, a youth group associated with the Havelock-Cherry Point Rotary Club. The students started what they thought would be a simple food drive, but momentum over the need for donations at the pantry turned the effort into an all-out campaign to fill the bus.

“It’s great,” said Vernier, president of the Interact group. “As Catholics, we strive to do the best we can to help out our local communities, so us doing this, it makes us feel good and it’s something good for Havelock.”

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