Douglas High School Block D Letterman’s Club donates 5,500 pounds to food closet |

Douglas High School Block D Letterman’s Club donates 5,500 pounds to food closet

Jessica Withrow purchases boxes of cereal for Block D's annual turkey drive Thursday at Smith's grocery store.
Brad Coman |

Douglas High School’s Block D Letterman’s Club donated 5,500 pounds of food and toiletries to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet Thursday for its annual Turkey Drive.

Since 1999 Block D students have raised money for an annual food drive in which they buy turkey dinners and other items then donate it to the local food closet.

Block D adviser, Ernie Monfiletto said back then the first president of the club decided it was something they could do to make a difference in the community and help those in need during the holiday.

Monfiletto said the need for food and other items becomes greater every year.

“I don’t think people realize how high the need is in the community for food,” he said. “This program helps the food closet accommodate those in need.”

Each year, the students raise approximately $5,000 for the food drive through community fundraisers and throughout the neighborhoods.

“Very rarely are the students turned down,” Monfiletto said. “It just speaks loud of the generosity of Douglas County and it is reflected annually through the support of the program.”

In the end, 200 turkeys were purchased from Costco and a total of 5,500 pounds of additional food and toiletries were purchased from Smiths and donated to the food closet by the truckload.

Monfiletto said while the students were shopping at Smiths a customer recognized the group and approached a student to thank her for what the club does.

“The customer was very appreciative of what the club does and said that what is donate helps her family during the holiday,” Monfiletto said.

Block D is a program at the high school that is committed to giving back to the community.

“These are student athletes who want to give back and do good things in the community,” Monfiletto said.

Through the four pillars of Block D: leadership, sportsmanship, community service and role models, the students do just that through their many fundraisers, events and programs held throughout the year.