Eastern High School’s Holiday Care-A-Van Delivers 220 Food Baskets

Posted: December 19, 2011

Holiday Care-A-Van is a tradition at Eastern High School that goes back about 40 years or so (we’ve traced it back to the early 1970s, but some say the late 1960s). Each year, in the three weeks between Thanksgiving break and holiday break, we collect money and canned goods daily from students in order to fill food baskets that members of the senior class deliver on the final day before holiday break. Baskets are delivered to needy families and senior citizens in Eastern’s community, as identified by community leaders and church groups. We celebrate each year with representatives from the community in our gym with the fruits of our labors on display!

Each food basket contains canned goods plus baking mixes, flour, sugar, celery, potatoes, apples, a turkey breast and various other food items that are purchased with the money the students raise.

This year, we raised $14,800, collected 4,000 pounds of canned goods, and delivered 220 food baskets! That is a lot of cheer being spread in the Eastern/Middletown community!

From Kristina Sauer, Social Studies Department Chairperson