The students and staff at Bow Valley High School have had a busy lead up to the holiday season collecting food and gifts as a part of their Helping Hampers initiative.

In the true spirit of the season, they delivered a mountain of food and gifts to six Bobcat families, and their generosity didn't stop there. They also prepared and delivered many hampers to local Cochrane organizations.

Amongst the items collected for Bobcat families, there were approximately three months worth of non-perishable food items and cleaning supplies, and each family received gift cards for fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and gas.

Scott Thompson is a teacher at Bow Valley High and says the recipients were overwhelmed by the outpour of generosity.

He says "I think several of our beneficiaries were expecting your typical food hamper, instead they got that as well as three months of supplies and a mountain of gifts and gift cards."

In total, the school collected 863 Kilograms of food, $4,300 in gift cards and fed 50 people. They also dropped off ten boxes to the Activettes Foodbank, five boxes to Home Treasures, and three bags of clothing to the Clothesline.

Thompson says he's proud of how the school community has rallied together to give generously, He says it's a "good for your soul kind of feeling" and that each year proves to be more successful than the last.