When Evan Wagner moved to Evanston as a high school freshman, he said he was nervous about making friends in a new community.

But now, as he’s about to wrap up his senior year at Evanston Township High School, a far more confident Evan decided to “give back to my community.”

So as part of his senior studies class at ETHS, Evan, 17, organized a food and clothing drive to benefit Connections for the Homeless.

For a couple of hours at the high school this afternoon, a steady stream of students and adults brought dozens of bags of donations.

Evan has taken part in similar drives before, for the neighborhood Boys and Girls Club. And last year, he helped distribute food for Connections, so that organization seemed like a logical place to help this time.

Evan will attend Indiana University in the fall. Besides assisting those experiencing homelessness, Evan said the food and clothing drive was a way to “give thanks for all the things Evanston has given me.”

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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