Canned food drive at Pawleys Island Christian Academy helps 40 families
To celebrate the Lenten season and the Easter holiday, students from a private school in Pawleys Island have collected more than 3,000 cans of food for families in need.
The project, called 40/40, has challenged Pawleys Island Christian Academy students, from pre-K to 10th grade, to bring in one can each day from Ash Wednesday to Easter, which equals 40 days.
The cans of food — along with meat donated by The Outreach Farm and purchased with money from students and the Pawleys Island Community Church congregation — will be delivered to 40 families in need.
Pawleys Island Christian Academy, which currently has 110 students, is a ministry of the community church.
Public donations can be dropped off at the church, located on Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island.
Items received any time today and on Thursday until noon will be added to the deliveries, said Billy Cox, the school’s principal.
“We will continue taking donations after that, but those will be donated to Friendship Place,” Cox said.
He added that students handled all of the planning, collection and storage of food items.
High school students Mary Katherine and Daniel said they are excited to help deliver the food to the 40 families.
“We are doing this to spread God’s love across the county,” Daniel said.
“We learned that giving can be a lot more fun than it seems, especially when it is a good cause,” Mary Katherine said.
“We have been amazed by the amount of food we have collected.”
Cox said this project teaches the students that giving is not a “mountain top” moment, but made up of every day moments.
“Every day we should do something for someone else,” Cox said. “One toddler can bring in one can and see how, when added to all of the others, it can make a radical impact in the community.”
About the school
Pawleys Island Christian Academy was founded in 2001 by a small group of families from Pawleys Island Community Church.
Their goal was to provide children the opportunity for “academic excellence in a Christian environment.”
The school began with 55 students in grades K-five.
Since then, it has grown to include students from pre-K to 10th grade.
The school plans to expand to include 11th and 12th grades in the near future.
By Clayton Stairs
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