Save On Foods makes generous donation to the Delview Thanks for Giving food drive!

November 13, 2014

Take one small high school with a huge heart, give us a goal of collecting over 10,000 cans in one night and we’ll double that. On our 22nd annual Thanks For Giving food drive, 500 students, staff, parents and community volunteers at Delview Secondary managed to shatter our previous record by collecting 22,009 non-perishable food items.

This year’s Thanks For Giving was filled with immense happiness, pride, and gratitude to all those who helped to make the night possible- though within all that joy are the mixed feelings of having to leave this event behind as a grade 12 student. As I stood on the stage after we revealed the final total – at that point it was around 20,000- I couldn’t help but think that this was the last time I would be experiencing the absolute insanity of helping to organize this event, and the amazing feeling that comes with helping out countless families in the Delta and Surrey communities.

Though our dedicated Delview volunteers managed to collect over 20,000 cans just over two hours, some of the key organizers knew that meeting this goal wouldn’t be an issue as if we fell short of 20,000 items, the spectacular people at Save On Foods had guaranteed to donate whatever it took to help us reach our goal. However, even though we did meet our goal, Save On Foods still donated the remaining cans of food they had brought in for us, which brought us up to 22,009 items. This has been the second time the class of 2015 has helped break a Thanks For Giving record, but this has certainly been the most memorable.

            Without our two amazing teacher sponsors, Mr. Jonathan Kung and Mrs. Heather Cooper, this event would not have happened. Despite all the confusion at the beginning of the year with the teachers’ strike, they still helped make this the most incredible Thanks For Giving Delview has ever seen. Again, I would like to thank all the students, staff, parents and community volunteers that helped make the night possible, and send another huge thank you to the people at Save On Foods whose hearts are just as big as ours.

The graduating class of 2015 is able to leave the school with a legacy of 22,000 cans in the 22nd year of Thanks For Giving – if you ask me, a pretty amazing feat. I cannot express how happy I am to have been a part of this event for the past five years, and how much I owe to the Delview community for making it possible each and every year. Hearing the crowd cheer and scream as we revealed the total is not something I’ll ever forget.  This truly has been the most spectacular Thanks For Giving ever.

By Tiana Gordon, Grade 12 student at Delview Secondary School