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The book­store and the GOAL program are teaming up to support the Hillsdale com­munity with a canned goods drive. Non­per­ishable food items can be donated at the book­store on Tuesday. They will be dis­tributed by Sal­vation Army and High Rise, an orga­ni­zation that works to benefit res­i­dents of Hillsdale’s High Rise apart­ments.

Stu­dents will receive 20 percent off one book­store item per can donated. The real incentive though, says coor­di­nator of trade books Angie Berry, is that “there’s no better feeling than giving to the com­munity.”

She esti­mates this is the fifth can drive the book­store has held, with varying degrees of success.

“One year we only had about five boxes, and some years guys have had to come with truck­loads,” Berry said.

The book­store has made special effort this year to promote the can drive, even placing a radio ad on the air­waves.

Claire Gwilt, a student vol­unteer for Sal­vation Army, works directly with the people to whom the dona­tions go.

“They are so grateful for every­thing that the Sal­vation Army is able to offer them,” Gwilt said in an email.

The drive, said Berry, is an oppor­tunity for both the book­store and Hillsdale College stu­dents to help those in need.

“We’re just so thankful and blessed to be able to support the com­munity,” Berry said.