AmeriCorps collect hundreds of items for local food drive

MT. VERNON, Ill. (Dec. 20, 2013) – Members of Rend Lake College’s AmeriCorps Program are doing their part this holiday season by collecting canned food items for the Food Basket Drive and spreading joy and fun into the community.

Thursday night, the group collected more than 200 cans from both school and individual donations during their “Save a Life: Children’s Crafts and Games” event, held at the Rolland Lewis Building in Mt. Vernon. The two-hour event offered a number of games and activities for children of all ages, including a cake walk, holiday ornament making and other games.

ChildPlayingatAmeriCorpsFoodDriveJesse Chobanian of Bluford tries to hook a rootbeer bottle during the Save a Life: Children's Crafts and Games event, hosted by the Rend Lake College AmeriCorps Program Thursday night in the Rolland Lewis Building in Mt. Vernon. Chobanian was one of dozens of participants who brought a canned food item to the event.

AmeriCorps members who participated include Brenda Beel (Mt. Vernon), Stacey Chobanian (Bluford), Maddie Michaud (Mt. Vernon), Casey Jackson (Mt. Vernon), Sierra Martin (Mt. Vernon), Nicole Patton (Mt. Vernon), Brenea Hallam (Mt. Vernon), Cody Johnson (Mt. Vernon), and Nathaniel Groh (Mt. Vernon). AmeriCorps Director Margo Wagner and Rend Lake Campus Coordinator Leah Schlag were also present.

AmeriCorpsFoodDriveFall13Several Rend Lake College AmeriCorps students collected more than 200 food items to donate to local food pantries during the holiday season. Pictured is, FROM LEFT, Cody Johnson of Mt. Vernon, Brenda Beel of Mt. Vernon, Sierra Martin of Mt. Vernon, Nathaniel Groh of Mt. Vernon, Nicole Patton of Mt. Vernon, Brenae Hallam of Mt. Vernon, Stacey Chobanian of Bluford, Emily Hocking of Mt. Vernon, and Danielle Patton of Mt. Vernon.

For more information about the AmeriCorps Program at Rend Lake College, visit online at, or call 618-437-5321, Ext. 1351.

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