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James Sprunt food drive fills bellies and hearts

The food drive was the first held since the pandemic started and the first held in drive-through fashion.
Published: Nov. 11, 2020 at 7:06 PM EST
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KENANSVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - James Sprunt Community College held its first food drive since the pandemic started Wednesday.

The drive, open for students and staff with a valid ID, was also the first where you never had to leave your car.

It was the first the college has ever held in drive-through fashion.

“To make sure that anything that can be done to help these families during this situation,” said James Sprunt Instructor Philip Anderson. “And under normal circumstances as well. I’m proud to be a part of this organization. With so many great staff members that go out and do these things and make it happen.”

It’s filling the hearts, and the bellies, of the students and staff they call family.

“Going through the pandemic, I’m pretty sure it helps out everyone,” said James Sprunt Welding Student Calvin Williams. “So, yeah, my family’s going to be helped, and I appreciate it very much.”

The drive is typically held once a semester but wasn’t held in the spring because of the pandemic.

That’s the reason, college officials say, this semester’s drive was so crucial for its students.

“Going above and beyond the call here on campus to make sure anything that can be done to help these families during this situation,” said Anderson.

According to school officials, the food give-a-way helps students who often juggle additional jobs and caretaking on top of the workload classes require.

“Whatever I picked up today could be something for supper tonight,” said James Sprunt Cosmetology Student Angela Dobson. “A lot of people can’t get out and go to the store. So, if you’re in here and you’re trying to go to school, and you’re trying to do better, and they’re trying to help you do better.”

To so many students, it’s a debt, they say, they can never repay.

“For my family, it gives them more time to relax and rest when they get home from work during the pandemic,” said Williams. “And, we don’t have to have that risk factor of going out during the pandemic.”

The drive was held Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 am. College officials said they plan on having another one soon.

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