McDonald students help vets for holidays
MCDONALD — Members of the McDonald High School Student Council wanted to make sure area veterans were not forgotten this holiday season and collected items for care packages being delivered for Christmas.
Students collected deodorant, tissues, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, gloves, and other items for care packages for the holidays for 25 area veterans.
Claire Hoffman, a high school senior, said student council is always trying to get involved in the community.
“One of the teachers brought up the idea to help veterans and giving back, which we decided to do. It was a different project,” Hoffman said.
Braden Rupe, a senior, said announcements were made encouraging students to bring in what they could.
“Anyone in the school could bring something, “ he said.
When items were collected, there was enough for 25 large bags.
Isabella Wolford, a sophomore, said she liked the idea of helping people who have helped others.
“There are a lot of people who give to Toys for Tots so we wanted to get for veterans,” she said.
Sophie Klase, a sophomore, said it was important to get people engaged in helping out and donating things. “We had a really good turnout,” she said.
“We are all thankful to have what we have and can help others,” Klase said
Faculty members Dana Lariccia, Alicia Stonestreet and Jody Conway coordinated the effort.
“We had people outside the school who donated items. We had a local radiologist donate blankets. It was a really amazing all that was done, Conway said.
She said student council helps in many ways in the community such as Christmas in the Village tree lighting, Giving Tree drive, helping needy area families and helping those battling cancer and other health issues.
Student council has planned a canned food drive in January,
“We want to send the message of spreading kindness,” Conway said.
Conway said the students became very involved with the project and did a great job.
”They really went the extra mile,” she said.
Conway said student council was very active in raising funds to help student Anna Booth, who had battled cancer. She said to keep Booth’s memory alive, they take part in community service projects honoring her.
“We try to do as many random acts of kindness as we can,” Conway said.
Lariccia said the students really came through in helping the veterans this holiday.