The Perham Interact club has decided to add to its annual Trick or Canning event by hosting a food drive within the halls of the Perham-Dent School Community.
The food drive is student-driven by the Interact Club, which is a student-run community service organization. The club annually hosts their Trick or Canning event, but decided they wanted to increase their donations to the local food shelf, The Bridge, by hosting a district wide food drive on Oct. 11-15.
Anya Roe, along with Lily Aakre, Audrey Tumberg and Sydney Anderson are the student leaders of the student-led organization. They currently have around 30 members and are hoping for more in the future.
Roe said it feels very special and it feels good knowing that you are doing something good for your community and want to keep on doing more.
“Interact is a student-run community service club,” Roe said. “We do community service and we do fundraisers and it’s all led by us students. We don’t have an adult-supervisor, it’s just us students, which I think is cool. We have done ditch clean up in the fall and the spring, and have painted the turtle in Turtle Park. We have our Walk for Hunger, which is our biggest fundraiser that we will have in the spring. We didn’t have it last year, but that is raising money and donations for the food shelf. We also host smaller fundraisers throughout the year and we hope to plan out some more things.”
Roe said the Interact Club plans on informing students about The Bridge Pantry’s need for donations and their impact on the community. She said what The Bridge does for the community is really amazing.
Along with the in-school food drive, the Interact club will host their annual Trick or Canning event on Oct. 17. The event features students dressed up for Halloween going to various neighborhoods in the community, seeking donations for The Bridge.
“It’s very fun because it’s like trick or treating. We get dressed up in costumes, but just knowing it’s for a good cause and you get to have a lot of fun with it,” Roe said. “My favorite thing is just being with the club and we are able to have fun with all the activities that we do as well as knowing we are doing something great for the community.”
For both events, the Interact club is seeking donations for non-perishable food times, personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and deodorant. Roe said cash and check donations are items The Bridge mentioned as being the most helpful as well.
Donations for the Interact club’s food drive can be dropped off at the offices of the Perham High School, Prairie Wind Middle School and the Heart of the Lakes Elementary School.