November 25, 2014

MASON, OH – Mars Hill Academy collected over one thousand food, candy, and toiletry items during its first annual Thanksgiving food drive to benefit the Mason Food Pantry.

“Our students were so excited to bless citizens in Mason with this food drive,” said Dr. James Albritton, MHA Headmaster. “Every day for the past week, we have watched students come in with bags full of donations, including candy for the children who participate in the food pantry’s outreach programs.”

Mars Hill chose to collect items for the Mason Food Pantry as part the school’s culture of service. During the Christmas season, the school’s cafeteria will feature a “mitten tree,” on which students can hang gloves, scarves, hats and even coats to donate to a local charity.

“Our students view service to our community as an opportunity to show God’s love,” Albritton added. “The seniors loaded and delivered three carloads of donated items, and our younger students colored Bible verses for the pantry’s clients, in hopes they might want to hang the verses on their refrigerators as a reminder of God’s love for them.”

Photo: Mars Hill Academy seniors Megan Peterson of Cincinnati, Dinda O’Brien of Liberty Township, Joe Thistleton of Mason and Caleb Hayes of Cincinnati load up over one thousand items to donate to the Mason Food Pantry during the school’s first annual Thanksgiving food drive.