Can drive a success

Rachael Davenport

The Franklin Lions Club, in conjunction with the Franklin Community Unit School District #1, recently conducted a very successful Christmas food basket drive.  For over 50 years, the Franklin Lions Club has put together food baskets for needy families in the Franklin area. For over 30 years, the Franklin CUSD #1 has assisted this endeavor by holding a non-perishable food drive.  This year, the fifth grade helped for the first time and collected 301 items. The junior high brought in 951 items and was led by the 8th-grade class, which brought in 350. The high school collected 564 items and was led by the seniors, who brought in 316.  The faculty and staff brought in 1,044 items, shattering their previous year’s total by 200 items and bringing the all-district total to 2,860 food items. The Franklin High School Student Council donated flour, sugar, and rice for each basket.  The Lions Club donated a ham, a gallon of milk, a bag of potatoes, a bag of oranges, a loaf of bread, a carton of eggs, and a container of butter.  A total of 40 baskets were delivered in the community on December 15.   The surplus of food was donated to the food pantry at the Franklin Christian Church.