‘Help Heal Ferguson’ collects donations for those in need

Bobby Connor delivers donations of Cheerios and canned chicken into a grade level office for the Help Heal Ferguson food drive.

Mary Galkowski

Bobby Connor delivers donations of Cheerios and canned chicken into a grade level office for the Help Heal Ferguson food drive.

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The Longhorn Council (LoCo) is gathering canned food items outside of grade level principals offices, the main gym and front foyer this week for Help Heal Ferguson.

“Some of the foods that we really need donated are canned tuna, canned chicken, laundry detergent, deodorant, plain and honey nut cheerios. We do not need ramen noodles,” Operation Food Search director Judy Coyman said.

Help Heal Ferguson is Operation Food Search’s response to the Ferguson Community.

“Many of the stores and food banks have been raided and are in need of food. We are searching for various food banks, stores and pantries that we could potentially raise enough money to donate to,” LoCo sponsor Anne Wayland said.

LoCo plans on gathering money and food donations before school; there will be opportunities to donate some money for the cause, and also at sporting events.

“I think it would be a good idea to begin collecting money, food and canned goods at the football game because there will be many people attending this event. The more money we get as soon as possible, the better,” Wayland said.

Coyman’s organization and team members will come to West to deliver barrels for us to put all of the donations and money in. They would like to pick them up by Monday, Sept. 1.

A food drive for Ferguson could be very beneficial for the innocent people… The chances aren’t very high that these raided stores will reopen soon.”

— Claire Webster, 12

“I think that having a food drive for Ferguson could be very beneficial for the innocent people, but this is still controversial because it could seem like we are taking a side in the Michael Brown case. It may also seem as if we are feeding the protesters, which could be the problem. In concerns of who deserves the food, a lot of the looters aren’t from Ferguson. The chances aren’t very high that these raided stores will reopen soon, and I feel bad for these stores and food pantries,” senior class Vice President Claire Webster said.

The food drive proposal was approved by activities director Brian Kessler and principal Dr. Jeremy Mitchell allowing them to put their ideas into action.

“I think that’s awesome! It sounds like a great idea, anything that we can do to help,”  Mitchell said.

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