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FC supports Pinedale Community Fellowship Church through donations

Fresno Christian’s annual Canned Food Drive began Nov. 13 and continues until Dec. 8. For the past seven years, the food drive has benefitted the Pinedale Community Fellowship Church with Pastor Richard Amparano. The church, located in Pinedale, works to serve the residents of the neighborhood. Before partnering with Pinedale Community Fellowship, the school was working with the Red Bucket program to benefit other non-profit groups in the community.

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The campus food drives aims to benefit those in the Pinedale community during the holiday season.

The food donated aids families by providing food for Christmas. A list of recommended or desired food items has been assembled by the church. There are awards and prizes for the grades that bring in the most cans for elementary, junior high and high school levels. The school goal is to provide as much food as possible for the Pinedale families.

Freshman leadership student Adalyn Richardson’s favorite part of the canned food drive is being able to contribute to the Pinedale community. She hopes to see families and friends aiding others through the drive.

“I hope to see families working together to gather canned foods for the program,” Richardson said. “I hope to see our school making an impact in Fresno by helping provide food to people in the program. Also, I am hoping to see students and staff get into the drive and really help make a difference.”

Jason Olson, ‘20, believes events such as these show how it impacts students behavior towards others.

“It shows how much students care about the well being of others,” Olson said. “All the people affected by it will be thankful. The purpose, or it is for me, is being able to help the people who need it the most, and make sure they are fed and not hungry.”

Aubri Foster, leadership advisor, hopes students will respond to the call of helping others and that they take advantage of this opportunity to help out other families and give them a Christmas to remember.

“This time of year, it is easy to start getting caught up in the things you and your own family are busy with,” Foster said. “The shopping, the parties, the lights and the food are time and thought consuming. It is a fun, busy season, but it is always good to remember those whose main concern is where their next meal is going to come from and how they are going to provide for their families.

“This drive will help hundreds of families right here, close to home, make Christmas one to remember,” Foster continued. “When we give, we are responding to the Gospel at work in our lives. Life is about loving God and loving others in the name of Jesus and we have a small opportunity to do that as a school community with the canned food drive.”

Foster adds on to say that the drive is mainly about helping out those within the community.

“I think this partnership is about coming together as a community and taking care of those in need right in our own backyard,” Foster said. “The world is full of needs, but often we overlook those right in front of us. It’s not so much about what we can gain, but what we can give in the love of Christ during a hard season for many. Honestly, it’s just incredibly cool to see buckets line the hallways of our campus filled with meals for families in need. The cans are more than food. The joy and love that accompany them is the richest blessing of all.”

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The food began Nov. 13 and ends Dec. 8. Student leadership encourages all classes (including elementary and junior high) to contribute cans and/or non-perishable foodstuffs.

Sophia Kalugin, ‘19,  says that her favorite part of the food drive is getting to work with the school to help others. She hopes to see people come together to help and all contribute to the food drive.

“My favorite part of the canned food drive is getting to partner with my school to help others during the holiday season,” Kalugin said. “I hope to see everyone participate and come together to help our community as a school. For me personally, I like to help with it because it’s another way to bring glory to God’s name and to give back. My goal for the food drive would be for everyone to bring at least three cans individually.”

Continue bringing in canned food to benefit the Pinedale up until Nov. 8. If you have any questions, contact leadership advisors Robert Foshee or Aubri Foster.

For last years canned food drive article, read FC community called to raise canned food and stuffed animals. For more articles, check out Haw provides different angle on Executive Order 9066.

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