by JESSICA MARONEY
“Many hands make light work” was the expression that came to my mind while watching the countless volunteers pack baskets for this year’s Turkey Shoot. Students, faculty, and other members of the Oceanside community brought in various food items throughout November to help struggling families celebrate a festive Thanksgiving. All together, we collected a total of approximately 10,000 pounds of food!
On Monday, November 23rd, we began to organize these donations and place them into baskets to be delivered. The Turkey Shoot, in my opinion, is one of the most wonderful events held at Oceanside High School. It is a great way to get involved in the community and help less fortunate families have a happy Thanksgiving. The amount of students who volunteered to organize and distribute the baskets was truly a heart-warming sight. Everyone worked as a team to gather the food items into piles then assemble and wrap the “ideal” baskets. These baskets were specially designed to give struggling families everything they need to have the perfect thanksgiving dinner.
Members of the Oceanside community service have been delivering food baskets to the needy since the late 1940’s. This program was introduced into the Oceanside school district in the early 1990’s and has been a conjoined effort ever since. Not only does this event help people in need, it gives students a feeling of enlightenment and satisfaction knowing they are contributing to a greater cause. We packaged over 200 baskets which means we helped more than 200 families have an enjoyable Thanksgiving. The students, faculty, and other members of the Oceanside community who helped in this year’s Turkey Shoot made a huge difference in the lives of many people this holiday and had a great time participating in this charitable event.
(Fox News and FIOS1 News came out to document the event. Follow the link to view the FIOS1 News Broadcast)