The West Brook High School girls’ basketball team is giving back to the community this holiday season.
The team spent Wednesday morning helping out at a nonprofit called "Some Other Place” after the school collected 8,800 pounds of food for the organization.
“Everyone is not as fortunate as other people so we are trying to give back,” said basketball player Johanna Brown.
The team helped one woman named Kathey Rideaux find the perfect thanksgiving meal at “Some Other Place.”
“I met these girls, I call them my thanksgiving girls today,” said Rideaux.
The organization has helped over 500 families the last two days. “Some Other Place” provides food items for families to choose for their holiday meals. Special projects coordinator Chrissie Joyner said she appreciates the help from Westbrook High School.
"A lot of the school children donated the food and we couldn't do it without them," said Joyner.
As the girls sorted through supplies and worked together to help others, their coach said she couldn’t help but admire her team.
"It's important to give back and not always have a handout and to help people because someone needs help," said West Brook Coach Andrea Jackson.
The girls said the best part of volunteering was working together as a team.
“We’ve been all been bonding and getting closer as we are helping other families,” said basketball player Serenity Bill-Williams.