By Emily Farr
On Friday, the DHS Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle will be shopping for their Give a Kid a Christmas project. The huddle will shop at Walmart at 3:30 on Friday afternoon.
FCA has raised somewhere between $8000 and $9000 and they are planning on buying for around 80 kids. FCA Director Jon Hazell said their goal is to make the kids feel special.
“This project will help the kids to not feel left out at this time of year when everyone celebrates giving and receiving gifts,” Hazell said.
“It will provide them with the necessities they need to have clothes to wear to school or food to eat and it will let them know that someone cares about them.”
The project is aimed to benefit kids that may not get a Christmas at home. For quite some time Mr. Hazell has been gathering names of less fourtunate students in our district from organizations in the area.
“I contact Families Feeding Families, The Women’s Crisis Center, The Pregnancy Center and other places and they give me the kids who need help,” Hazell said.
“It is mostly local kids that we are working with and we don’t always know about every child, since some of them are at the crisis center, but most of them are local and the ages are anywhere from three years old to 15 or 16.”
DHS FCA member Emma Shelton said she was very excited to shop and make a difference in the these kids lives this Christmas.
“I’m most excited to take time out of my day to go and buy gifts for kids who normally wouldn’t get any Christmas presents,” Shelton said.
“I hope that it makes a lasting impression on them that there are people out in the world that care about them.”
Through this project the FCA students are learning that in this season it is truly better to give than to receive.
The FCA is inviting everyone that would like to help shop for these kids to come and participate.