ARLINGTON- Arlington High School DECA students delivered food and other donations to families in need this week, just in time for the holidays.
The students gathered donations at the Arlington Safeway and Smokey Point Wal-Mart from Nov. 17-Dec. 10. Community members overall donated 20,000 food items and $7,200 in cash.
“I can’t thank the community enough for their generosity,” AHS DECA advisor Tyler Payne said. “Not only are you helping these families, but you’re teaching our students how important it is to give to those in need.”
In all, 29 families were supported this year with the donations. One-third of the donations go to the families; the other two-thirds go to the Arlington Food Bank, Payne said.
Sophomore Armanda Garza said it makes her feel good that families aren’t going to go hungry during the holidays.
“I feel good to be doing my part,” she said. “This has been a very eye-opening and great experience!”
This is the 23rd year that DECA students have collected donations for families.