Charitable giving is important year-round, and like many others, students at Elkin High School thought the Christmas season would be a great time to help those in need. Students Blane Macy, Caeson Baker, Patrick Soos, and Brady Shugart decided a great way to support their community would be a food drive to benefit Tri-County Christian Crisis Ministry in Jonesville.
The students were inspired by Deuteronomy 15:11 which reads, “For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.”
In order to motivate fellow students to give, Soos thought offering a pizza party to the second period which brought in the most canned food would help. The group then began to consider how to organize the food drive.
Heather Macy, Tri-County Christian Crisis Ministry coordinator, explained what was most needed, “We need canned meats, fruits, rice, dry pasta, toiletries, and much more is needed.”
Macy was pleased the boys chose to support Tri-C at Christmastime because that season does see an increased demand for services. “There are additional expenses from the holidays, heating, and sickness that come around more often this time of year.”
She also thought the food drive would teach valuable lessons. “It helps the needy, and it also helps to remind us of how fortunate we are for what we have,” Macy said.
Elkin High School students responded positively and donated more than 500 pounds of canned items, which exceeded the original goal. One student explained, “It is a charitable and great cause during this time of year.”
Surprisingly, the pizza party was not the greatest motivator for those willing to give. “The pizza party that goes to the winner may be a good influence, but I would donate simply because I love to donate for good causes.”
Blane Macy, Caeson Baker, Patrick Soos, and Brady Shugart are Elkin High School English students.