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Students pack potatoes for Thanksgiving charity

By KTVA CBS 11 News 5:32 PM November 20, 2013

More than 52,000 pounds to be distributed

ANCHORAGE – Students from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School are getting into the holiday spirit by packing potatoes.

This is the fourth year the kids have helped bag spuds at St. Francis House. The Food Bank of Alaska received 52,000 pounds of potatoes from the Mat-Valley Potato Growers, and the nonprofit will distribute them over the next week through the “Thanksgiving Blessing” program.

Teachers say the kids also collect food donations for the blessing and that they like to get their hands dirty.

“We love to do the work too,” said first grade teacher Lisa Orizotti. “It’s good to get them out, actively involved in helping others. I think it’s good for our kids to know the community has people in need, but to actually get them out and doing something about it. This is a great way for them to do that.”

“Thanksgiving Blessing” will be in the Mat-Su Valley this Saturday and here in Anchorage Monday. Clickhere for more information.

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