ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WJZ)— Thousands of food items, plus thousands of dollars. That’s what one Howard County high school was able to gather in order to help needy families.

Monique Griego was there as they got ready for their great giveaway.

One box at a time, they’re making a difference.

“It really kind of helped me figure out what I want to do in life,” said Mike Kryzko, student.

Kryzko and dozens of other Mount Hebron High school students are pulling their weight this holiday season by helping needy families with a massive food drive.

“We raised over $16,000 and collected more than 15,000 cans just for this one event,” Principal Scott Ruehl said.

Box by box, students will deliver food, presents and other items to 150 families in Howard County.

“It took weeks to gather all the materials and just to organize it, it took a couple of days,” student Amol Bhatia explained.

The students spent countless hours organizing each and every bag to make sure their families got exactly what they needed.

Once the boxes were packed full the students set off to play Santa for a day.

“I actually feel really great because we’re helping out a lot of families and there are a lot of families in need,” Bhatia said.

And all these bags will be delivered right to the families’ front door.

“They also get to see what some families have to struggle with at this time of year and how we can help,” Ruehl said.

And the students seem to get how good giving back can be.

“So when I go there and see the smiles on people’s faces, it feels great,” Bhatia said.

Mount Hebron has been doing this food driver for the past 40 years.


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