Lobos Morphed Into Elves Collecting Cans For Chaparralians With Holiday Hungries

Fernando Viramontes

Needy families in Chaparral required can openers this winter.

National Honor Society (NHS) of Chaparral High School (CHS) ran a Christmas canned food drive until December 18th. It was organized as a “community service requirement for NHS” and as a way of “giving back to the community,” said Fernando Viramontes, NHS advisor. 

NHS spread the word about the canned food drive through social media, announcements, and emails to Chaparral HS’s staff. So, with the help of the 14 NHS members, teachers and students throughout the school, they managed to obtain about 400 cans, which was halfway to their end goal of collecting 800 cans of food.

When NHS finished gathering cans, they made canned food baskets which Social Workers Alejandra Galindo and Deborah Holguin delivered to the most needy families in Chaparral. “I’m hoping that the community will appreciate that the students care for them,” Viramontes said.

Viramontes would like to give honorary mentions to CHS office staff, NHS members, and the science department, especially teacher Glenn Myers “because of the efforts they’ve done for a good cause.” 

While originally a Thanksgiving canned food drive, “Social Services of GISD had large donations from business communities,” according to Viramontes, meaning they had enough cans for their intended purpose. Therefore, NHS added a Christmas canned food drive to reach their own goal.