Friday, January 3, 2014
During the holiday season as people race frantically from store to store in search of that perfect gift, they sometimes forget that there are some in the community who lack the simple things – like a daily meal.
Meals-on-Wheels is an organization that provides daily, hot meals for local, homebound senior citizens, but during the holidays they are unable to meet the daily demands of delivering those hot meals. Enter the students of Summerville High School.
In an effort led by Kelly Knowles and Bobbi Smith, media specialists and Jill Reeves, Mu Alpha Theta co-advisor, student organizations were issued a challenge — bring in enough non-perishable food items to feed the 155 senior citizens that Meals-on-Wheels helps daily.Requested non-perishables included peanut butter, crackers, canned fruits and vegetables among others.
According to Knowles, “Our goal was to collect items that required very little preparation. This way they had something on hand to eat when Meals-on-Wheels was unavailable to assist.”
Students, teachers, and staff rose to the occasion. By the end of the drive, they collected all 155 bags of food. In addition, the school was able to provide a few extra bags just in case there was a need.
“It’s always hard to think about those less fortunate than us, but I think it’s always important to help, especially during the holiday season,” stated Jackson Tucker, senior class vice president.
Teenagers are often characterized as uncaring, but the students at Summerville High school have demonstrated they truly care about the most vulnerable citizens in the community.