December 1, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Eleven John A. Logan College students benefited from the recently completed Thanksgiving food drive on campus.

Adrienne Barkley Giffin, Director of Student Activities and Cultural Events, said each identified student in need of some assistance received 15 grocery bags of non-perishable food items.

“This annual drive is a way for students to help other students,” Barkley Giffin said. “Those who contributed were inspired by the effort that students who received the food are putting toward improving their lives by staying in school, even while facing financial and personal difficulties.”

Full-time student Angie Lazorchak of Herrin, who is majoring in medical coding and billing, was one such beneficiary of the drive. The sophomore said she was appreciative of the help.

“This year has really been hard on me,” she said. “My costs have gone up without any increase in pay with my job, and then my car recently broke down, too, so this donation comes in real handy for my kids and me at Thanksgiving time.”

Lazorchak said she would eventually like to pay the good deed forward.

“I hope one day I will be in a position where I can help somebody else out,” she said. “Right now, I’m dealing with being a single mom with three children (two at home), while working a full-time job and going to school full time.”

Lazorchak said she is often up by 2 a.m. and doesn’t slow down til after 8:30 at night.

“Some people have called me ‘Super Mom.’ But I prefer ‘Tired Mom.’ I very much appreciate the help from John A. Logan College students and staff this year.”