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Cavaliers Team Up With Christmas Bureau
From baseball bats to Barbies, and baby dolls to bikes; from sweaters to shirts, and slacks to shoes; students and staff of CHS have helped spread holiday cheer for the third year in a row by teaming with the Union County Christmas Bureau. A gift tree was sponsored by HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) under the direction of adviser Mrs. Joyce Durham, and housed in the Media Center. 135 students and 20 staff members chose tags and brought in gifts for 50 children ranging in ages from newborn to 17.
Junior Mallory Williamson was the chairman for the project. She contacted the Union County Christmas Bureau and arranged for the gift tags. â€œTo know we are bringing joy to other people â€“ we are not self-centered about making our club happy â€“ but actually making a difference in kidsâ€™ lives in our community. I think it was a big success. Iâ€™m really glad we chose 50 kids. I wish we could have a party with the kids to see them open them, just to see their reaction!â€
Other Cavaliers also jumped in to help. The FCA adopted six children and brought in over a dozen gifts. English teacher Mrs. Connie Ingledue said, â€œWhen we heard about the number of angels still hanging on the tree, I knew for sure that my students would jump at the chance to contribute to such a sweet cause. When I suggested that each class collect enough money to buy a bike for a needy child, the students were extremely excited at the prospect. All of our kids are aware of just how fortunate they are and love to have the opportunity to take part in spreading the joy of the Holidays to those who may not have as much as they do.â€ Mrs. Ingledueâ€™s classes contributed three bicycles!
Many of the HOSA students assisting in the collection and delivery of gifts were seniors. Sarah Flieger said, â€œDriving along the highway with seven cars full of presents and bikes, we headed to the Union County Christmas Bureau to drop off gifts. Unpacking them and seeing a room full of presents brought tears to my eyes. I was so happy to see my peers helping the community.â€ â€œIn buying for three different children I really felt a pinch especially because I spent my own money and not my parentsâ€™ on these presents. I was one of the drivers and when I unloaded the presents I really felt the Christmas spirit of giving and it all seemed so worth it. I wish I could have seen them actually open them though!â€ said Taylor Plattenburg. â€œThis is the first year I have ever participated in the gift tree for the Union County Christmas Bureau. It was awesome to see all seven cars fully loaded with gifts for families in need. It is definitely something I would do again, â€œ said Chelsea Boatright. â€œWhen I saw the room full of presents I was so proud of my fellow Cavaliers for stepping up and giving these children a very special Christmas of their own,â€ said Brianna Peters.
HOSA Club adviser Mrs. Durham said, â€œIt was heartwarming to see the generosity of the Cuthbertson family â€“ so many gifts from so many caring students, parents, and faculty. It really brings home to me the true meaning of Christmas.â€ A big thank you and best wishes for happy holidays to all the members of the Cavalier family!
Written by: Paula White
Posted: Dec 15, 2011 by Paula White