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Posted 11/01/2018 03:54PM

Visit Montini Catholic this fall and you will see a gigantic turkey in front - encouraging all to open their hearts and pantries this season and give to the less fortunate during the fast approaching holiday season. Monday, November 5th marks the beginning of the Montini Catholic's much anticipated Annual Golden Gobbler Thanksgiving Food Drive. This year Montini students celebrate the 22nd year of the drive which benefits local food pantries. Students are proud to be responsible for donating over 328,000 items since the program's inception to food pantries throughout DuPage County."We are glad to be able to support the food pantries at Christ the King, St. Pius X and Woodridge," said Campus Minister, Michael Blanchette. "Each year we also give food to the families from Clearbrook and Eisenhower Co-Op, agencies serving families with children with disabilities. (Katie Laurinaitis, an alum of Montini, is a teacher at Eisenhower.)

In 1997, under the leadership of the principal at that time, Jim Segredo (now president), Montini Catholic kicked off the very first Golden Gobbler Food Drive. Since then the event has become a welcomed tradition to students and their families encouraging students, homerooms and classes to bring in non-perishable food items for local food pantries. Additionally, some of the food collected is allocated for families that are "adopted" by Montini Catholic during the Christmas season.

Members of Montini Catholic's Student Government are very excited to break records this year. A two-week long series of classroom challenges and friendly homeroom competitions was conceptualized by the student group to compel all students to get involved in the worthwhile drive.

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