Grade 7 students at Dr. Kearney donated 25 toiletry kits this past week to the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society.
Students spent two months collecting the funds through a Minecraft tournament and selling food during their lunch period, raising around $300 to purchase and donate the bags.
“We were coming up with ideas on how we could help the community, and someone came up the idea of putting toiletries that people might not have the money to buy," said teacher Sandra Gunn.
Students also used some of the funds raised to purchase seeds for the school’s greenhouse.
“We’ve got lettuce and kale growing that we hope to harvest for the food bank,” said Gunn.
While toiletries are always welcome and needed at the society, it is also filling growing hunger needs in the community.
The society's outreach store saw 1,039 residents access food services in April, and 865 through early May.
“Our community is fantastic, people are incredibly generous. Again, Fort St John is stepping up,” Executive Director Amanda Trotter said last month. “Things come in waves, we had a lot of men asking for help, right now it's women. Food is food, we need to be able to provide it, that’s the bottom line.”
Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News