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Lincoln Elementary School Students Surprise Many with Food Drive Donation

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Last year the food pantry in Grand Island helped 4,000 families, according to Salvation Army officials. That is why those officials say they are grateful for the kids at Lincoln Elementary who donated 900 pounds of food to the food pantry.

The kids at Lincoln Elementary had a pretty big incentive; after reaching their goal of 200 pounds in the first two days of the collection, they kept going to receive a special spirit week in January, then yet another incentive was added.

The food drive started on Dec. 2 and after the students reached their 400 pound goal for the special spirit week, a new incentive was added. Students were told when they reached the 600 pound mark the principal would get a pie in the face.

Chandra Kosmicki with Lincoln Elementary school said, "I think they learned how important it is to give to others during this time. There are so many people that need so much more than what we have. This is just a small thing we can do to help give back."

Kosmicki said she couldn't believe the students collected  900 pounds of canned food. "Earlier in the week we weren't even at 600 pounds yet, so yesterday morning we got over 150 pounds," she said.

The Salvation Army's Cpt. William Mealy said he too was surprised at the amount of food they were able to raise.

Mealy said, "It was awesome to see this kind of outpouring from elementary school students to reach out and give to the community and those who are less fortunate than them."

Mealy estimates the 900 pounds of canned food will help feed around 50 families. 

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