The Crestview Elementary Student Council hosted a food and supplies drive this week that will benefit Lubbock Impact, a mission that helps those in need around the South Plains in the areas of food, clothing, and healthcare.
Crestview Student Council organized five dress up days under the theme “Crestview is CRAZY about helping others”. Monday was “Crazy Sock” day, Tuesday was “Crazy Hair” day, Wednesday was “Crazy Hat” day, Thursday was “Crazy Backwards” day, and Friday was “Crazy Tacky Tourist” day.
Each day, in order to participate in the dress up activity, students could bring specific items needed by Lubbock Impact. The supplies were broken down by grade level: pre-kindergarten and kindergarten brought fruit cups and pop-top canned food, first grade brought canned meats, second grade brought ready-to-eat pasta, third grade brought body wash or shampoo, fourth grade brought toilet paper, and fifth grade brought hygiene products, like soap, tooth paste and tooth brushes.
Crestview Student Council Sponsor Rhonda Settle said they selected to benefit Lubbock Impact because of all the ways they help others in the community.
“Lubbock Impact started as a soup kitchen in October of 2007,” Settle said. “Now they help the Lubbock community in many ways. They have a clothes closet, hygiene closet, food vouchers, shoe closet, community meals, and they also provide dental, medical, and optical services, and even help with pharmacy needs.”
Becky Robertson is the Executive Director at Lubbock Impact. She said that food and supplies drives, like the one hosted by Crestview Elementary, are beneficial in many ways.
“Our community focus is on the working poor that do not have all the resources to meet their families’ needs,” Robertson said. “The food and hygiene items that the students collect will go into the Lubbock Impact Necessity Pantry, where individuals and families can shop once a month to get needed items that help offset the expenses they are struggling to meet for themselves.”
Robertson explained that drives are a good way for students to get involved.
“I love the ideas of dress up days that bring awareness to needs of the community in a fun way,” Robertson said. “The conversations that teachers and parents are able to have about people in our community that have needs that kids can help is tremendous. It gives kids easy, tangible ways to help that they may not have considered before.”
Robertson said that Lubbock Impact is always accepting donations and supplies.
“We are very grateful that Crestview students, parents and teachers care about their community and partnered with us to share their resources,” Robertson said. “We are consistently in need of hygiene items, pop-top canned food, socks, and undergarments. Three ways to help Lubbock Impact are to sign up to volunteer whether child or adult, help with a drive or bring items any time of the year, and pray for those in our Lubbock community that have needs and do not have the resource to meet them.”
Visit the Lubbock Impact website to learn more!