ANCHORAGE, Alaska — When you think about a warm thanksgiving meal, the staff members at West High School have it all covered. They gathered all the makings of a holiday feast, Wednesday afternoon, but they’re not for the staff. They’re for students and their families who are facing some tough economic times.
“It wasn't very hard to sell turkeys this year, said nurse Bonnie Jones. “I had a long list of names that I could have continued to go through, but we started out with families that needed help the most. A lot of the families are living in hotels and motels. These are fully cooked meals so they don’t need a kitchen to enjoy them and so they are able to cut them up and put them into a microwave.”
For two decades, the West High staff has been delivering fully cooked meals to families in need through donations by alumni and the school's PTSA. This year, 18 families, will have a full stomachs, including the Drury family, who will return to their room to see a special delivery by the school's own principal.