Schools gather cans for Catholic Social Ministries

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Generosity always seems to peak around the holidays, and this story is no different.  Notre Dame and other local schools are giving back by the pounds.

Students at Notre Dame collected 1753 pounds of can goods in one day.

The Thespian Troupe headed up the "Trick Or Treat So Kids Can Eat Program", also known as TOTS-EAT.  The program encourages students to give rather than receive on Halloween.  Students brought in four food items and in turn got to dress down for a day.

Heartland News spoke with students and folks from the Catholic Social Ministries Pantry and all say there's nothing quite like the gift of giving, whether you're an adult or just in grade school.

"To collect all of the cans and take them to the food pantry and see their faces whenever we came in with loads and loads of food, it was an amazing feeling," said Notre Dame student Taylor Palmer.

"They might just be second or third graders but they invite the whole class to come to their birthday part but ask for canned good instead of presents," said Sister Lucille Zerr.

Sister Lucille says just in the last two years the need has doubled in the pantry, now they feed about one thousand people a month.

She says without the support of the community and schools like Notre Dame, St. Mary's and St. Dennis, that wouldn't be possible.

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