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Piedmont Clubs Support Union County Christmas Bureau

Members of Piedmont’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Student Government have been busy this holiday season giving back to the community. Members of FBLA volunteered at the Union County Christmas Bureau on December 5th and Student Government raised monies and purchased gifts to support the mission of the Christmas Bureau.

Members of the Piedmont FBLA and New Century Scholars volunteered at the Union County Christmas Bureau on Dec. 5th. Each year, the Christmas Bureau must rely on hundreds of individuals, groups, and family volunteers to help meet the needs of families that apply to receive Christmas assistance. Donations of food, toys, and clothes come from the community and from organizations like the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots, The Salvation Army, and several Union County organizations. These donations help to ensure that everyone can experience the joys of Christmas while still being able to meet their monthly expenses. Students from Piedmont helped to sort food items and fill bags with toys from the children’s wish lists. According to student Kaleigh Smith, “This was a good experience and something that I plan to participate in again in the future. It was important to me to pick out toys and items that would make the children happy, so it was a little stressful for me when the item they really wanted wasn’t available.” FBLA members donated items for teens since there is always a need for more items in this age group. Mrs. Weidenhammer, the club’s advisor noted that this has become an annual service project for Piedmont FBLA and a great way to get members involved in their community and share the true spirit of Christmas.

Student Government also raised monies during the school year that are ear-marked for serving the Christmas Bureau and for local community needs. Without the support of all Piedmont students, the monies for these projects would not be available. Through the efforts of Student Government, over $500 was spent on teen items for the Union County Christmas Bureau and our local community needs. According to Student Government advisor Annette Harris, “It is with great pleasure that PHS students can follow through such meaningful projects.” A group of students including Hannah Rushing, Chad Tyson, Kirsten Gilmore, Natalie Harris, and Victoria Hargett were able to meet at the Monroe Walmart along with Harris and Amanda R. Starnes to conduct the shopping spree. Shopping with a limited budget was a true challenge for the Student Government shopping team. "When the students came to me because they felt they were coming up short and had so little to share with others, I was emotionally moved" shared Harris.

The Union County Christmas Bureau continues to have great need and will accept gift and tax deductible donations through Dec. 20. The Bureau is located at 500 N. Franklin St. in Monroe. Visit their website by clicking here to see how you can get involved.

Written by: Elaine Weidenhammer & Annette Harris
Posted: Dec 10, 2014 by Donna Helms

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