Bastrop High students teamed up with the Lions Club on Thursday, Dec. 21 to help distribute 131 boxes of food to the needy in Bastrop and surrounding areas.

About 20 JROTC, Beta club, Explorers club and JAG students met at the Snyder Museum for a catered lunch and to receive instructions on where to deliver the boxes of food. Then, they rode in pairs with Lions Club members to the Pines Shopping Center to pick up boxes of canned goods. After picking up the boxes full of canned goods they set off on a journey that lasted a couple of hours.

Students unloaded boxes of food at each doorstep.

Those who received the boxes were chosen by members of the Lions Club and the Bastrop Morehouse Council on Aging. Every box had canned goods and a printed receipt for a free hen donated by Super One Foods.

This tradition of giving has gone on for nearly 25 years.

JROTC teacher Steve Jeselink said this is a chance for the students to give back to their community.

"This is a great opportunity for the community, leaders and schools, to all come together for a common cause," he said.