COVINGTON - Halloween just ended, and students at DeKalb Technical College are already thinking about how they can help out those who need food and other items for the holidays.
Students in campus clubs and organizations at DeKalb Technical College are holding their annual Holiday Can-A-Thon now through Nov. 12.
"Each (DeKalb Tech) campus has a can-a-thon each year, but this is separate; the other campuses give theirs to the 11Alive food drive," said Barbara Clay, student activities coordinator at the college's Newton campus. "We give locally; the students chose to do that because we like to give back to the community."
This year, the students chose to give the collected items to Solid Rock Willing Helpers on Brown Bridge Road in Covington.
Clay said the students don't have a specific goal in mind, as long as they "collect as much as possible."
"The need in this area is great," she said. "Each club and organization is working as much as they can to collect items."
Even though the can-a-thon is sponsored by campus clubs and organizations, students involved encourage other DeKalb Tech students and community members to help out.
"We put collection bins in each of our buildings' atriums, so students and anybody can donate to it," Clay said.
Students and community members can donate items during school hours.
Clay said the school is accepting most any non-perishable item - canned goods, boxed items and plastics.
"Last year, we had quite a bit of baby food and diapers, which we were pleased with getting, along with some children's items," Clay said.
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