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Knights Give Back to the Community

Hosted by the Hanks Interact Club, the annual Thanksgiving fundraiser or Hanksgiving, is a chance for the knights to show their nobility.

"It's about chivalry, honor, and being a good citizen," said Interact Club organizer Monica Lopez. "It's not just about receiving, it's about giving and the satisfaction of seeing someone else happy."

The Interact Club is constantly putting in volunteer hours, helping out the community of El Paso, and organizing school events. Student members meet every Wed. during lunch to discuss new ways to volunteer.

The Interact club has been running Hanksgiving for 16 years now.  The fundraiser involves the collection of canned goods and different Thanksgiving food items to donate to families in the El Paso community. The cans collected are divided between 350 families and shelters for the Thanksgiving holiday.

"I think that doing Hanksgiving is important because it shows the families that there are people in the community that care," said Lopez. "It also shows the students that there are people in need.

Every year, Interact assigns different types of Thanksgiving food to each staff and grade level. The group that brings in the most food items wins an ice cream social in the spring.

"I think everyone gets into it because it's something nice to do around the holidays," added Lopez.

The following items can be donated to help out Interact and the community:

Pumpkin filling, pie crust - Admin

Cream of mushroom/chicken - Class of 2018

Stuffing and evaporated milk - Class of 2019

Gravy, cornbread, and cranberries - Class of 2020

Peas - Class of 2021

Mixed veggies - Teachers

Green beans - Staff

Interact is also taking dollar donations to help them purchase more food items.

To help out the community and help a class win an ice cream social, bring in as many of the assigned food items before Nov. 16th.


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