CARY, N.C. (WTVD) -- It was a busy day on Saturday at Panther Creek High School in Cary. Students, teachers, friends and family all came out to help pack meals for those in need.
Previously, the Panther Creek High School's DECA chapter organized a 5k color walk/run around the school. With 152 runners, they raised over $4,300 for Stop Hunger Now, a charity which helps provide support around the world.
With the success of their 5k, the chapter was able to have their own Stop Hunger Now event.
It was only supposed to run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., but the chapter says volunteers agreed to stay an extra 45 minutes to pack more.
To add excitement, the students say there was music playing and a gong was rung for every 1000 meals packed. Over 12,000 were packed by the end.
All the meals will be sent overseas to children in developing countries in African, the chapter says.
They say they wanted to do this to benefit a cause as well as raise awareness for the hunger issue.
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