Students work to make a difference through The Caring Place

By: Chloe Dillon and Rachel Purnell

Food and toy drives have become very popular around the winter holidays when we tend to focus more on those in need.

In response to this, New Palestine High School’s English teacher Lauren Temple is hosting a food and toy drive.

The Caring Place aids inner city children, teens, and families. It was started by Temple’s father, Chad Temple.

They collect toys and canned or nonperishable food items to be given to families that cannot afford these things.

“Knowing that I can make a difference for just one family would be a success for me. I wanted to bring this program to New Palestine to give people a chance to do some good for others,” said Temple when asked about why she is taking part in this program.

Food and toy drives are a great way for people to come together and help a common cause, but for this to be successful, we are in desperate need for students and faculty to contribute.

All donations can be brought to Temple’s room. She is now accepting new toys, canned green beans, canned corn, and boxed stuffing.

The deadline for food is November 16 and the toy deadline is Dec. 7.

Students are a critical part in the success of this drive.

Senior Alyssa Martin said, “I heard about this program through some of my friends talking about it. I thought the idea was amazing and I will most definitely do anything I can to help.”

“I think this is making a big difference in our community because this program is helping the families in Indiana that are less fortunate than others,” junior Grant Harsin said.


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