While the traditional Thanksgiving is common to some, many families are not able to experience an abundance of food. Lamar State College-Orange employees and students wanted to make sure that at least everyone had the chance to enjoy a great meal with its annual Food Drive. Organized by the Student Government Association, the contest ran for two weeks and ending Nov. 17.

Each department/organization on campus was challenged with collecting the most non-perishable food items, later delivered to the Orange Christian Services. This year, LSC-O collected 1,674 individual food items. The Allied Health department won the contest by a landslide, having collected 1,273 items.

Wendy Elliott, coordinator of student activities and SGA advisor, commented that in previous years, “we didn’t have a contest.” It may come as a surprise because of the ups and downs of the economy, but the significant amount of items collected shows that the campus is dedicated to helping the community.

Although donations were not counted during the Food Drives previous years, Elliott said that “we have never had this much participation.”