Students prepare to load cans for transport to the Parker Task Force.
Last year, Chaparral’s Annual Canned Food Drive donated over 18,000 cans of food and supplies to the Parker Task Force. This year, Chaparral was able to donate 25,671 cans, beating our goal of 22,000. “On average two cans can provide one meal, so the fact that we are just under 20,000 [as of Nov. 9, 2015] we are providing just under 10,000 meals,” said Student Government Advisor, Kathy Gappinger. All the supplies and cans go to families in need within the Parker area.
“We are the number one provider for the Parker Task Force. Since we earned that [title] we have a duty to keep that up,” said Gappinger. Chaparral is all about giving back to our community, it’s what we strive to do. Whether it's through Interact Club, DECA, FCCLA or any other club here at Chaparral, we give back.
Homeless doesn’t look the same everywhere, here in Douglas County homeless could look like, “someone who dresses completely normal, but they are going from friend to friend’s house sleeping on couches,” said Gappinger. The Annual Canned Food Drive helps local people in the Parker community get much needed food and supplies.
Chaparral did great this year and will have a hard time beating this year’s count next year, but we are all up for the challenge.
By Aubree Miller