Children and residents who went caroling door-to-door in Santa Clarita last week collected more than 100 pounds of food to help feed local homeless families during the holidays, and collection efforts are continuing.
Participants of “Caroling for Cans” ranged from young children to seniors, who sang Christmas carols door-to-door in an effort to collect canned food for the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry.
“We (collected) over 100 pounds of food that will feed 20 people for a week,” said Angie da Costa, the event’s organizer, in an email to KHTS. “But we are not done and we need your help.”
Items for the SCV Food Pantry will continue to be collected at Star Dance Center in Newhall, which has longer hours than the Food Pantry itself, according to da Costa.
In addition, Star Dance Center officials are giving out $49 gift cards for new dance students to be used toward tuition at the center in exchange for the donation of one bag of canned goods.
“The shelves at the SCV Food Pantry are very bare, so we are still collecting cans in an effort to (ensure) no child goes to bed hungry in SCV,” da Costa said. “Not only can we help feed our community, but we can also give someone we love the gift of dance.”
The SCV Food Pantry currently has an urgent need for macaroni and cheese, peanut butter (15 oz.), canned meats and canned fruit, as well as non-food items like deodorant, toothbrushes and diapers.
Caroling collection efforts are also set to continue each Wednesday night throughout Santa Clarita. Those interested in joining the group can click here to email da Costa.