Posted Date: 04/22/2021
The DeRidder High School National Honor Society wanted to give back to fellow students in need by creating a student pantry, offering students food and toiletry items.
Shortly after the hurricane, the DeRidder High School National Honor Society received a donation of supplies from a sister chapter in Texas.
"We were not quite sure what to do with it. I knew that I wanted my students to be involved with the distribution, but I also wanted to come up with a way to add to the donations and keep it going. I consulted with our administration team and our counselors. Upon doing so, I realized that right here at DeRidder High School we have students that depend on food pantries for extra support at home." said Amy Gallien
GaIlien met with NHS members and they decided to create a DHS student pantry they named The Blue Cupboard.
Members brought in items to stock our pantry in lieu of service hours for our club. They filled 25 backpacks full of food and toiletries items for our students in need. The backpacks were also donated items.
The pantry became bare after the first round, so Gallien and NHS members came up with a way to, hopefully, keep it stocked: The Traveling Blue Cupboard Door.
The traveling Blue Cupboard Door works by businesses being sent an official flyer by Gallien to pass around to their staff.
For Monetary donations and/or supplies they can wear blue jeans and a blue shirt on a specific day.
NHS members will visit their business to collect their donations and for the business to sign our traveling blue door. Which will be referred to as "NHS BlueOut Days."
The City of DeRidder will jumpstart this for DeRidder High NHS members Friday.
"We are so excited for this day and thankful for their upcoming support. The first pantry packing was a very humbling experience for all of us involved. My students spent three days separating, organizing, stocking, and packing bags. They stepped up in a big way to make sure that their peers were taken care of. Their love for this project and each other is evident in their actions. I am so proud of each one of them for their continuous service to this project," said Gallien.
"Our motto is ‘If serving is below you, then leadership is beyond you.’ We are proud of our Dragons and thankful for this community and look forward to serving it through our school," stated Gallien.
To participate in the Traveling Blue Cupboard Door contact Amy Gallien at DeRidder High School.
Article written by Carly John of Beauregard Daily News and can be found here.