Link Crew members collect food to help needy


Holly Alred

Members of the Harlan County High School Link Crew members are pictured after collecting over 1,100 cans as part of the Cram the Cruiser Food Drive.

Harlan County High School Link Crew members did their part to make the Cram the Cruiser Food Drive at the school a success, collecting over 1,100 cans at the school during the Dec. 1-9 drive.

“We are excited about the success of the effort and the non-perishable food items that students and faculty brought in for the food drive,” said Rhett Alred, one of the school’s Link Crew leaders.

Link Crew members presented the food to the Kentucky State Police, who took it to Christ’s Hands in Harlan to be distributed to those in need.

“Getting to be involved in Cram the Cruiser with the freshmen was an experience of a lifetime. We all worked together to make this great event happen,” said senior Daesha Carr.

“Cram the Cruiser was an amazing experience,” added senior David Turner. “Everyone came together to help and do something greater than ourselves.”

Holly Alred, the faculty advisor for the Link Crew at HCHS, was proud of the students’ efforts and what the group has accomplished in its first year at the high school.

“Our Link Crew members are making things happen at Harlan County High School,” she said. “Attendance is increasing, while discipline referrals are decreasing. Academic performance is quickly on the rise and our school culture is phenomenal. It’s been an honor to work with the Harlan County High School seniors during the food drive.

The food is distributed around the state to shelters, churches and other organizations helping the needy. Suggested donations include canned fruit and vegetables, canned meat, macaroni and cheese, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned soups, chili or spaghetti sauce, brownie and cake mixes, coffee, water, powdered milk and juices.