The serenity of the historic Oval was invaded Friday by music, volunteers and an abundance of canned food. United with the goal to help alleviate hunger in Larimer County, carloads of students and community members pulled into the Oval all day to unload their trunks with canned food.
The 18th annual Cans Around the Oval culminated its five-week food drive Friday with 117,205 pounds of non-perishable food, more than 800 student and community volunteers and 13 community sponsors.
With tragedy spanning our country in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, event organizers were doubtful they would be able to raise as much food as last year. But the community did not forget the importance of this event and together pulled in 9,115 pounds more than last year's total.
Cans Around the Oval grows in donations each year, which brings positive light to CSU and the Fort Collins community. Despite many other charities and good causes to contribute to throughout our country and the world, the community recognizes and continues to support the hungry of Larimer County.
And a special nod in the direction of Greek Life, who again placed first in the competition, bringing in more than 32,000 pounds of food. Speculation that the food drive would suffer because of recent disciplinary actions against the Greeks was squashed by their generosity.
Even though it's easy to get caught up in your own life, it's refreshing to see so many people pulling together for a good cause.