Home for the holidays! Each year many people travel home for the holidays to celebrate with family and friends. We bring Christmas presents to our loved ones and spend time laughing and celebrating together. Gathering around a table filled with turkey, ham or roast beef, most of us eat to our hearts content. However, there are many families in our area who struggle to make ends meet.
During this season of giving Columbia students and staff members sponsored families for Christmas with toys and canned goods. Our students banded together to collect over a thousand nonperishable food items. The students at Columbia Central Junior - High School teamed up with the Country Market and the community of Brooklyn to collect donations of food and paper products. Many people recognized the need and donated funds that were turned into additional nonperishable food items.
Even our youngest students at Columbia Elementary School brought cans of green beans, ravioli and even chicken noodle soup! The donations of Ramen Noodles, spaghetti sauce and toilet paper were given to the Brooklyn Food Pantry to be distributed to those families who are struggling.
At Columbia Upper Elementary students and staff members not only donated food items, they teamed up with high school students to collect toys and funds to purchase toys and clothing for families in our area. These donations will help to give many area children a better Christmas.
If you missed the opportunity to donate to the Columbia School District food and toy drive, you still have time to donate funds to a nonprofit before the end of the year. The Brooklyn Food Pantry accepts donations of food and funds all year around to address the needs of struggling families in our area. The Salvation Army will have their Red Kettles and bell ringers at various locations in the Jackson area including Wal-Mart through noon on December 24th. You may also make a tax-deductible donation of funds to an area nonprofit such as the Columbia Educational Foundation for student scholarships, Columbia School District for technology, a YMCA camp for camperships for needy children or a local church for their efforts to help area families.
If you are interested in finding out more about Columbia School District and our programs, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 5175926641.