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CORTLAND, Ohio - Classes from two Trumbull school districts, show how the power of generosity can help families in need.

Students from Howland and Lakeview Local Schools delivered thousands of donations to support the Second Harvest Foodbank's mobile pantries in Trumbull County. 

The schools and Shortreed and Associates, donated more than $13,000  and 10,000 non perishables, food they packed into two school buses and unloaded at various locations Friday.

Howland Community Church gives away 2,500 pounds of food twice a month. Receiving donations from the students Friday, was a relief for the pantry's volunteers.

"We're at the point where we hate to turn anybody away, but we're almost overwhelmed," Brian Byrne says, senior minister at the church.

Four years ago, the church was helping to feed 16 families, today it's closer to 100. Byrne says they can't serve any additional families until maybe next year.

The donations drive served as a life lesson for some students who say they now look at the holiday season a little differently.

"Before this, I just thought of everything as very commercial and I just thought that everybody had the same holidays I had, but now I understand more about people that are in need and people that are really effected by this," Mary Rostom says, a senior at Howland High School.

The donation competition between the school is in its fourth year.
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