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Generosity by the pound

Jaden Osberg carries a box of donated food into the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency building Friday in Two Harbors. Students from Minnehaha Elementary School collected and donated more than 400 pounds of food. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)1 / 3
Minnehaha students line up to donate food Dec. 14. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)2 / 3
Minnehaha students Tiernan Kempffer (left) and Josie Falk carry a food donation for the Two Harbors Area Food Shelf into the AEOA building Dec. 14. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb3 / 3

As volunteers were finishing organizing the shelves, which were a little more empty than usual, a school bus arrived with some much needed help for the Two Harbors Area Food Shelf.

A load of fifth-graders and kindergarteners Minnehaha Elementary School arrived with about 415 pounds of food to restock the bare shelves and help the THAFS make it through the holidays. Waves of students descended the bus steps with giant boxes of food for those in need in Two Harbors.

Fifth-grade teacher Claire Claflin ensured students exited the bus safely, while kindergarten teacher Sarah Haavisto directed students crowding into the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency to see the total donation.

Minnehaha students collect food annually and learn about philanthropy in their classes. This year, instead of each student bringing in donations from their homes, each grade was assigned a healthy "much-needed" item identified by the food shelf, according to Claflin. Grades were assigned donations like canned soup, boxed meals and canned meat.

THAFS Director Michelle Miller said the 415 pounds of food will help the organization remain stocked through the next few weeks, when donations tend to decline due to the holidays.