Longview schools hold Thanksgiving food drive

Trinity School of Texas and UT Tyler University Academy loaded trucks full of food to be given out in the annual Maude Cobb Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Published: Nov. 18, 2022 at 1:16 PM CST
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - Trying to make Thanksgiving a little happier for those in need, East Texas schools collected food for a Thanksgiving food drive.

Loading thousands of cans or boxes of food, Trinity School of Texas and UT Tyler University Academy collected food over the last month to be given out in the annual Maude Cobb Thanksgiving food drive.

“Our students here, it’s a 1st grade through 12th grade campus, like 280 students, and we raised over 4,000 cans. Here at our campus, this is our 8th year to donate to the Maude Cobb,” said Jamie Hicks of University Academy.

For over 30 years, kids at Trinity have kept the tradition of helping during the holidays.

“It’s looking like this year we’re going to come in right about 15,000 again. It’s just become a fun tradition for them, and they just know it’s coming, and it’s just part of what you do here is you participate in this, you help the community,” said Tova Robertson of Trinity.

Both schools had their students help in gathering food that will be packaged and given to the needy on Nov. 22.

“We will volunteer next week at Maude Cobb as well as a school and open it up to all our parents and families as well to help pack the boxes,” Hicks said.

The important life lesson this teaches the kids is about getting involved.

“It is amazing to be able to have the opportunity to be able to provide for someone else’s Thanksgiving,” said 15-year-old Abigale Ortega.

“I think a lot of our students walk away knowing that even if I do something small, that along with everybody else doing the same thing, has a larger impact on the community,” Robertson said.

The donations will be boxed up to be distributed next Tuesday at Maude Cobb in Longview from noon until 3 p.m.

Jamie Hicks of UT Tyler University Academy and Tuva Robertson of Trinity School of Texas talk about the important life lesson this teaches the kids.