Alisha Patel, teacher Deb Dewar, Mason Tallman, Artie Pernsteiner, Kayla Hadley and Alex Payne.
Alisha Patel, teacher Deb Dewar, Mason Tallman, Artie Pernsteiner, Kayla Hadley and Alex Payne.
MEDFORD — From Nov. 13 to Nov. 20, students at Sacred Heart Catholic School here collected food for a Thanksgiving basket. Each child in grades preschool through eighth grade brought in a specific item. Students were able to fill 27 boxes with Thanksgiving dinner items including mashed potatoes, gravy, yams, rolls, fruit, and more.

“By putting together these baskets, we can help out many families,” said Cameron Gau, eighth grader. “People take for granted what they have. If they lived in these families’ shoes for one week, they would be very grateful for what they have.”

Each child brought in enough money to purchase 17 Food 4 Less gift certificates for the purchase a turkey. The eighth grade students brought the baskets over to Sacred Heart Church where they were distributed to needy families.

“This made me feel so great inside,” said Lauren Matschkowsky, eighth grader. “I started to remember that I have been taking my life for granted. But since I started thinking about that I started to thank my family more and really try to not take them for granted.”