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Portola Springs Elementary School Student Organizes Community Food Drive


Krishiv Sonthalia is a sixth grader at Portola Springs Elementary School.  Like most boys his age, Krishiv is a sports enthusiast who plays basketball, is learning to play baseball, and is an avid football fan.

Recently, Krishiv acquired a new passion — helping his local community!

During a family lunch, a news story was playing in the background.  In it, Krishiv heard the reporter say that 1 in 5 children are going hungry due to the COVID-19 pandemic with long lines at food banks and supplies running thin, even here in Orange County.  That TV program inspired Krishiv to quickly organize a community food drive at his school, which was held on December 6th.

He asked friends to help promote the event and worked with his sister in developing the flyer and posting it on various social media sites. Krishiv also connected with his school principal and Councilmember Farrah Khan to secure their support for the project.

Irvine Community News & Views was also happy to help spread the word about this event.

To keep everyone safe, all volunteers wore masks (and gloves) and physical distancing guidelines were enforced.

We’re happy to report that our Irvine neighbors came through, helping to make Krishiv’s drive-thru community food drive a huge success! The donated items will be delivered to the Community Action Partnership of Orange County.

ICNV Staff


Irvine, CA
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