College of the Canyons’ Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society helped gather food and clothing Saturday for donation to the Santa Clarita branch of Help the Children.
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Help the Children is a Christian humanitarian relief organization dedicated to alleviating the suffering of children around the world by providing food, clothing, personal care items and medical supplies, according to their website.
Amber Halaby, treasurer for the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, said the food and clothing drive at COC’s Valencia campus was part of the club’s ongoing effort to benefit families in Santa Clarita and beyond.
“The drive was our activity based meeting,” Halaby said. “Every semester we have something to benefit others in place of our regular meeting. Last semester, we made sandwiches for the homeless shelter here in Santa Clarita.”
April’s Gamma Beta Phi drive for Help the Children brought in 101 food items and 18 bags of clothing, Halaby said in an email. Another drive in March collected 950 food items for Help the Children.
Halaby said donations from KHTS radio were used to help facilitate donations for the most recent food and clothing drive in April.
“The KHTS radio station donated Restaurant Row certificates to Gamma Beta Phi and I set up an incentive program,” Halaby said in an email. “Whoever brought in the most donations for Help the Children would win certificates for some of the best restaurants in town.”
Gamma Beta Phi has an ongoing volunteer assignment with Help the Children to help with their food distribution, Halaby said.
In addition to her work with Gamma Beta Phi, Halaby said she also volunteers at her church’s kitchen to help provide food for those in need.
Halaby said the community service club’s next event will be in Newhall for the Cinco de Mayo festival.
“We will be helping out at the information booth during the Cinco de Mayo Festival on Main Street in Newhall,” Halaby said. “We will let people know about the Single Mothers Outreach Organization.”
For more information, Help the Children link, Gamma Beta Phi link.
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Source: Santa Clarita News