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Giving and Thanksgiving at Lansing Christian School

Lansing Christian students donate to Lansing Community Food Pantry, get rewarded with ice cream, pizza, and a principal poultry appearance

By Ashlee De Wit

LANSING, Ill. (November 23, 2022) – It’s the season for giving, and Lansing Christian School celebrated in a big way with its annual food drive for the Lansing Community Food Pantry.

Students at LCS brought in 1,733 items and raised $770 for the Pantry. The food drive is a fall tradition that has spanned decades at the school.

“We want to teach students to give back, because we’ve been blessed by so many gifts that God has given us,” said Lansing Christian Principal Matt Kamien. “We want to establish that service foundation at a young age, and we hope that it will continue into [the students’] high school, college, and adult years. And since we’re here in Lansing, and a part of this community, we want to serve those who are our neighbors.”

Local business involvement

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Poultry principal Matt Kamien with food items donated by Lansing Christian School families. (Photo provided)

Kamien did his part to encourage donations — he agreed to dress up like a turkey if the school reached at least 1,000 donated items. Students also earned a “hat day,” ice cream treat, and a whole school movie and pizza party as they surpassed giving goals for the drive.

They enjoyed their ice cream, donated by Gayety’s, on Monday, November 21.

Gayety’s owner Laurene Lemanski sees the ice cream donation as a way to encourage giving back in a community she loves.

“We would love to donate to everyone who asks,” she said — and they get almost daily requests. “But we try to keep it to our community. I love the town of Lansing. I love the school system, and the Christian school. Some of our employees are graduates [of Lansing Christian]!”

Lansing Christian School Principal Matt Kamien, right, picks up ice cream from Gayety’s employee Becki Wragg. Gayety’s owner Laurene Lemanski donated to the school, which was celebrating students bringing in items for the Lansing Food Pantry. (Photo provided)

Donating to Lansing Community Food Pantry

Lansing Christian students shared their donations with the food pantry at a chapel service on November 17. Volunteer Sharon Giles was on hand to collect and thank students for their efforts.

“Because of your donations, you have helped other people in this village have food,” she said. “I wish I could give each of you a hug.”

Sharon Giles, Lansing Food Pantry volunteer, spoke at the Lansing Christian November chapel service, thanking students for their donations. (Photo provided)

Grocery stores, churches, and individuals also donate to the Pantry. Memorial Junior High School recently accepted canned goods in lieu of cash for the entrance fee to their Halloween dance, the Frightful Frolic.

The Pantry accepts food and cash donations year round. Volunteers sort the food and put it on the shelves.

The Lansing Community Food Pantry is located in Lansing Assembly of God at 2990 Ridge Road. Lansing Christian School is located at 3660 Randolph Street.


Ashlee De Wit
Ashlee De Wit
Ashlee De Wit is a freelance writer and a Lansing native. After starting her career covering high school sports in Iowa, she's excited to be back in her hometown, reporting the stories of her local community — such as the opening of Troost, the informal Lansing pickleball club, a TF South Homecoming game, and Common Ground, Lansing's experiment with healthy race relations.