Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our Thanksgiving drives this year. As we continue with our holiday drives, we wanted to take a moment to pause and show our appreciation for all that you have done so far! Below, enjoy a message from Lisa Glick, a few reflections from Middle School students about their experience, and a wrap up from James Hughes.
Thanks to our generous Lower School community, our Thanksgiving drive was a great success this year. We collected 190 frozen turkeys and assembled 185 overflowing food bags! This is an effort that literally requires the participation of every student, teacher, and family in our community and is a great reminder of what good can be done in the world when people work together. Our food bags were assembled and delivered by parent volunteers to One Voice, the WLA VA, Turning Point shelter, SOVA food pantry, and the Bessie Pregerson pre-school.
"I was excited to go off-campus to deliver the Thanksgiving bags to One Voice in Santa Monica. The 7th Grade built 72 bags of food and donated 86 Ralph's gift cards. The people at One Voice were so happy to receive all of the gift cards and food bags we brought. I will definitely try to bring more items than I brought this year, because I realize now how important each person is for making the contribution complete." —Drew S. '22
"This year, the Thanksgiving food drive was a success. As an 8th Grade, our goal was 100 bags that would be donated to Para Los Niños. Although we only could come up with 76 bags and 90 Ralph's gift cards, we still had accomplished a different goal. A goal to help others. Through a smile, a dollar, or a bag, you can make a huge difference in someone's life. By doing this, we have helped multiple families in need. These families show us how lucky we are, making us each a little more grateful. Delivering the bags was equally impactful and my favorite part of the process. We got to actually see what and whom we were helping. We got to drive through the environment these families are living in, and got to visit and see what their school was like. Overall, from start to finish, the Thanksgiving food drive was not only a success, a new way for all of us to be thankful, but also a way to make an impact on our community." —Carly M. '21
This year, the Upper School's Thanksgiving Turkey Drive raised over $3,000 to provide turkeys and gift cards as a Thank you gift to our maintenance, grounds, and kitchen staff who quietly do so much to make our school a vibrant place. The additional proceeds also provided turkeys and other food items to families in need throughout the LA area. With the food donations from our food drive, we created nearly 100 baskets that were delivered to families at the Westwood Transitional Village, the Salvation Army Haven for Veterans, and other families in need in LA. The following is a thank you letter from one of the many Veteran families your generosity helped support for the holidays:
Dear Brentwood School students and staff,
I am one of the veterans that received the holiday food baskets donated to the VA. I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the basket, which was very much appreciated, not to mention helped my family out a LOT! My VA clinic is in downtown LA and that is where I received your wonderful gift.
United States Army Veteran