PISCATAWAY, NJ – Fifteen less fortunate families around Piscataway and Middlesex County will have Christmas dinner this weekend thanks to the charitable efforts of students at the Piscataway campus of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical High School.

On Thursday afternoon, members of the school’s Aspire High Youth Development program and their advisers delivered 25 boxes of nonperishable and canned food items, along with turkeys to the families who were selected based on their need for assistance.

“Students coordinated with staff members and their own families gathering donations and shopping for grocery items to put in the boxes,” said Kathy Book, a gym teacher and lead adviser of the high school’s chapter of the leadership development program that encourages its members to be active partners in their communities.

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Earlier in the week, the 30 club members formed an assembly line in a classroom, organizing and packing sturdy, festively wrapped boxes with the food that in some cases required two people to carry once filled.

“This is the third year the Aspire High Youth group has collected items for the food drive,” said Anne Marie Trapp, president of the school’s Teacher and Parent Association (TAPA) which assisted with identifying and selecting recipients. “Each year we get more and more donations from parents and staff.”

“The donations will help several families to have a brighter holiday this season,” said Principal Joseph Armstead. “Our P-Tech selfless act of giving has brought smiles to many families for the holidays.”

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