by Dennis Dalman
As Thanksgiving Day approaches, members of the Sartell High School Student Council and other students have shifted into high gear to help families enjoy a tasty holiday meal.
For the past few years, the students have been collecting food to give to families. Last year, the students received enough food donations to make Thanksgiving brighter for 85 local families.
The program is called “Turkey in a Box” because each family receives a box containing a turkey and lots of trimmings, delivered by students to the families’ homes.
Students at Sartell High School are being asked to bring food to school from Nov. 14 through Nov. 18. Others in the area may also bring food items to drop off at Sartell High School’s main office from 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on school days, Monday through Friday.
Coborn’s is donating the turkies so the birds are not needed as donations. The following is a list of the food items needed for each Turkey in a Box.
2 cans of corn.
2 cans of green beans.
1 can of cream of mushroom soup.
2 boxes of turkey stuffing.
2 cans or jars of turkey gravy.
2 cans of pie filling.
1 pie crust mix (not the refrigerated kind).
1 can of yams.
1 bag of marshmallows.
1 can of cranberry sauce.
1 bag of fresh potatoes.
1 bag of dinner rolls.
1 pound of butter.
A $20 grocery gift card so families can purchase last-minute perishable food items.
The high-school class that packs the most boxes will receive a prize – usually candy for all the students in the class, said Bennett Prose, who is a member of the 12-member student council Turkey in a Box Committee.
The committee’s fundraising president is Nathan Ramberg.