The Ashley Ridge High School PTSA held the first annual “Foxgiving” to support 24 families in need for the Thanksgiving holiday season.
The idea for “Foxgiving” came from PTSA president and Ashley Ridge High School teacher Lori Thomas. The PTSA wanted to include parents, students and the local community in helping families during the holiday season.
The PTSA was able to donate 40 turkeys to families in need for the Thanksgiving holiday.
“This was a true community initiative in which every classroom collected items for the food drive, faculty advocated and provided for the food drive, parents brought food, and local businesses donated Turkeys. Special thanks to our AR Cares club and HOSA MRC club for their help in making the baskets. A huge thanks to Aldi, Harris Teeter, Lowe’s, Publix and Bethany church for donating the turkeys,” Brooke Matthews, Ashley Ridge High School assistant principal said.
The guidance department was tasked with choosing families to receive aid as they best know the needs of students and the community according to the PTSA.
“I am humbled to see the outpouring of generosity and love with this food drive. When you give people an opportunity to give, it is incredible to see them open their hearts to people they may not even know,” Matthews said. “As a school we are committed to establishing a school culture which understands no limits to the achievement and success of each student. The holidays can be a difficult time for some and we want all of our students to have experiences related to building empathy and understanding within our community.”
The PTSA also sponsors an Angel Tree. Matthews said that they are very encouraged by the success of “Foxgiving” and they hope to continue it for many years.