St. John Paul II students took "the season of giving" to a new level.

During the month of December, the school's mentorship class took up an initiative with the Fort Saskatchewan Food Bank. The 12 Days of Giveaways started on Dec.2 and wrapped up on Dec.17. 

During this time, the food bank would request an item, and students that were able to, would bring them in. This ranged from toothbrushes to diapers to baby cereal to lunch snacks.

"We asked that every student and staff member try to bring in at least one item off of the list over the 12 days. But I know that many brought in more than that," said Natalie Earle, the mentorship teacher.

A food bank volunteer picked up the items on the last day. In total, the students and staff collected 333 lbs of donations.

"We're trying to help other people who are less fortunate and I think it's it's wonderful for our students to see the impact that it can have," Earle explained. "To get them involved in something that's outside of themselves."

The class did a similar drive before Thanksgiving.