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  Carrying donations
NBC students, including Mackenna Walla, Dakota Chapman and Jacki Minarick in front, carry donationg into the Blessings Food Pantry.

Students count blessings by filling Blessings

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 12/6/16

No one can say that North Bend students don’t have a big heart.
Three North Bend Central High School student organizations, Student Council, FFA and the Spanish Club, pooled their resources to purchase and donate $1,000 worth of groceries and dry goods to the North Bend Blessings Food Pantry.

And this is nothing new. According to retired-but-still-involved NBC secretary Jan Hobza, for the past several years the NBC Student Council and FFA combined resources and sponsored Christmas dinners for approximately 20 families in the North Bend area. Certificates for food were given to families in the district who would appreciate the extra food at the holiday. A couple years ago, the NBC Spanish Club joined by contributing to the project also.

“This year the organizations joined together to purchase much needed food and household supplies for the Blessings Pantry located at the United Presbyterian Church,” Hobza said. “The thought of providing for many area families instead of a limited few appealed to the student groups.”

Each club contributed to the cause. Students in FFA raised money through fruit sales and the labor auction in April. Student Council hosted iron man volleyball and dodge ball to raise money, and Spanish Club raises money with a concession stand during Mayfest.

On Tuesday night, Hobza and her husband Rick, teachers Dan Nelson and D.J. Mottl and his family and NBC seniors Dakota Chapman and Jacki Minarick went shopping.

“We went to the check out once but found we only had $600 (worth), so we went back for more,” Hobza said.

And shopping they did, filling up the school van.

“It’s rewarding to know that I can help just by shopping for the simple necessities that others might not have the time or resources to get for themselves,” Jacki Minarick said. “The little things to us can be big things to others, and I think that is something very important to keep in perspective.”

On Wednesday, Nov. 30, the school van and a bus of students arrived at the Presbyterian church to unload the items. All were members of FFA, Student Council and/or Spanish Club.

“I think it is a great way to show that we care and want to help those less fortunate in the community,” Dakota Chapman said. “I think it gives everyone a good feeling knowing they are giving to help out.”

There for 15 hams, canned foods, toiletries, diapers, laundry items unloaded into the pantry.


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