Carlos Aguila typically sleeps in on Saturdays, but this week he changed his routine by helping out during a canned-food drive.
“It feels pretty awesome to see all these cans go to homeless people,” said Carlos, 17, a senior at Barbara Goleman Senior High School, while looking out at a truck bed filled with canned goods in front of Miami Lakes Town Hall.
Carlos was one of dozens of teens who took part in the food drive, under the direction of the Kiwanis Club of Miami Lakes.
The students, who also came from schools including Miami Lakes Educational Center and Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High, have been collecting food at their schools for about a month. The result was dozens of boxes filled with canned fruit, soup and vegetables and other items.
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The donated food will be distributed to local schools where it will be given to the needy students and their parents.
The teens taking part in the drive say they were happy to be able to give back, and to have their work recognized by Miami Lakes council members who were on hand to give a proclamation for their efforts.
“It’s good to see the Kiwanis getting the kids involved, and I thought it was great to see the kids coming out there and giving their time, especially on a Saturday,” Councilman Frank Mingo said.
As the morning went on, the teens unloaded cans, and at one point worked in the rain.
“It really shows their dedication — it’s raining and they’re still helping,” said Sabrina Cerquera, 18, a senior at Miami Lakes Educational Center.