Horizon Heights and Burger King donate food baskets to EPCC students for Christmas
El Paso Community College students were thankful to receive Christmas meal baskets donated from Horizon Heights Elementary School, in partnership with Burger King, Dec. 16 at the EPCC Administrative Services Center.
The baskets were donated to help college students, who may be struggling financially resulting in a lack of regular meals.
Representatives from Horizon Heights, Burger King and EPCC attended the ceremony to present the food baskets at the college.
“I hope that actions like this will motivate other schools in SISD to get involved in giving back to the community,” said Bonnie Soria Najera, EPCC board trustee and Burger King El Paso/Laredo marketing manager.
The baskets included a ham and sides so that students receiving them could have all the fixings for a home cooked Christmas dinner.
Horizon Heights Elementary reached out to Burger King for assistance with the donations as part of their kindness initiative.
“Kindness is something that goes a long way,” said Nydia Carrizoza Taylor, Horizon Heights parent liaison and Partner in Education coordinator for the school. “It doesn’t necessarily require money and it can be as simple as a smile.”
EPCC students who help run the Tejano Food Pantry distributed the baskets to those who had expressed a need before. The food pantry was established about three years ago to help supply students, as well as faculty, who lack the means to purchase food and/or personal hygiene products.
“It means a lot to me to be a part of this because I understand,” said Alex Rodriguez, a sophomore and president of the student government association at EPCC. “I’ve been there.”
For more information on how to donate to the EPCC Tejano Food Pantry, visit the Student Government Association Office at the Valle Verde campus in room C102 or call 915-831-2712.