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Canisius High School hosts holiday food drive

Posted at 6:43 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 18:43:05-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Canisius High School in Buffalo is back with another holiday food drive.

“The food drive is something we’ve been doing for decades. I took it over maybe 15 years ago, so it is a real big tradition inside Canisius high school,” food drive coordinator David Hayes said.

Every year the Jesuit high school collects nonperishable goods for St. Luke Mission of Mercy.

“This is a huge part of our school as it embraces our community, and it’s really a great time because everybody can get together and support a common good,” student coordinator Aidan O’Donnell said.

But this year, Canisius is shaking things up a bit and is competing with the different Jesuit schools in New York State in the Great Ignition Challenge.”

“It was brought to us by the other high schools and we absolutely accepted the challenge. There’s good prizes for us should we do well,” Hayes said.

If Canisius High School raises the most donations, it will receive a COVID relief fund to help students and their families who have been suffering financially during the pandemic.

“So we’re not only benefiting the community here in Buffalo, but we’re able to help our own students as well who are dealing with this tough pandemic," Hayes said.

Haye’s said right now, St. Lukes is in need of nonperishable food for Thanksgiving.

“So that would be cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy, canned vegetables,” he said.

The food drive will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Canisius High School.

“If all Western New Yorkers would come out and support us, it would be great because Buffalo is the city of good neighbors, and I think that’s something that is so important to our community,” O'Donnell said.

“So please, as the city of good neighbors, help us out,“ Hayes added.