Teenager organizes local food drive

By Briona Kiser
Times-News correspondent

   How many of you know a 13-year-old who has made a significant difference in the community?
River Mill Academy’s 8th-grader Deja Howard began her own food drive to benefit the Salvation Army after she saw a television ad showing the organization’s great need for food. Howard’s food drive began Aug. 15 and will run through Sept. 15.
She has bins to collect canned and non-perishable items at the following locations:
The Gregory Business Center, 154 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington; The Rush Fitness Center, 2356 S. Church St., Burlington and 360 Fitness Center, 1228 Plaza Drive, Burlington.
   “I have done one other food drive for Loaves and Fishes and it was very successful,” Howard said when asked of her inspiration to begin this collection.
To anyone who has spare cans of food, grocery store gift cards, or even a bit of spare change lying around, this young lady is supporting an excellent cause and even the smallest of donations will make a difference. Please consider this on your next trip to the grocery. Cash donations are also perfectly acceptable.

Briona Kiser is a freshman at UNC-Charlotte and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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