Halloween project for the food shelf

While young children had thoughts of filling their bags with candy on Halloween, members of the Coon Rapids High School (CRHS) National Honor Society (NHS) had thoughts of filling their school’s food shelf with donations.

Coon Rapids High School National Honor Society co-presidents Kelsey Paricelli (left) and Rachael Sarette (right) are thankful to Coon Rapids and Andover community members who donated items for the high school food shelf on Halloween.

Coon Rapids High School National Honor Society co-presidents Kelsey Paricelli (left) and Rachael Sarette (right) are thankful to Coon Rapids and Andover community members who donated items for the high school food shelf on Halloween.

“We knew the food shelf was low and we figured that people are already expecting people at their door, so we figured we’d go door-to-door for donations,” said senior Kelsey Patricelli, NHS co-president.

About 60 NHS students went door-to-door throughout Coon Rapids and Andover.

Senior and NHS co-president Rachael Sarette said when people came to the door their first reaction was, “aren’t you a little too old to trick-or-treat?”

When they learned what the students were doing they were more than happy to help, she said.

“At some houses we were told someone else had already been there but they wanted to give us more,” said Sarette, who was surprised by how much food the students collected.

“No one should have to worry about food or where their next meal is coming from. Having the food shelves helps families so they don’t have to be so stressed.”

CRHS Assistant Principal Terry Johnson, who oversees the food shelf, is grateful to the community members who to keep the food shelf in operation.

“Thank you to all the community members who are aware of the food shelf and contributed to it,” Johnson said. “The food shelf has really helped Coon Rapids families. Without the help of the community we wouldn’t have it.”

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