Thanksgiving may be a bit more abundant for some local residents after a donation made by students from Coastal Bend College. Three different campus groups came out on Monday to donate over 5,000 cans of food to the Alice Food Pantry.

Representatives from the Criminal Justice Club, the Trio Club and the PTK Honor Society were on hand to deliver the donation, which they hope will brighten the Thanksgiving holidays for local families. 

“It felt good to help the community,” said James Swisher, member of the Criminal Justice club at CBC. “This (helping the community) will eventually become part of my job as a law enforcement officer.”

The collection charge was led by Hector Villareal, Criminal Justice professor at CBC. According to Villareal, the campus has been collecting canned goods for a month. 

“I have always been happy to help the community,” said Ferrari Garcia, CBC freshman and member of all three clubs represented. “It was nice to know that those who don’t have the opportunity to have food, that we can help with that.”

The Food Pantry is open to those who need nutritional assistance. It is located at 311 E. Main Street and is open Monday through Friday from 1-3 p.m.