Goretti students try to give happy holiday to needy

December 19, 1998|By SCOTT BUTKI

Students at St. Maria Goretti High School are trying to make this year's Christmas a special one for two needy Washington County families.

This is the seventh year that school officials have selected, with the help of the Washington County Council of Churches, a few families to provide money and gifts for Christmas, said Carol Brashears. Brashears, who teaches psychology and physical education, helps organize the event.

On Dec. 7, volunteers began going around the school, asking students whether their families could donate money or goods to the needy families.

A small donation by a student's family can go a long way toward making Christmas merry for others, said sophomore Amanda Lee.


Students said that the annual event is a sobering reminder that not all families have the same income.

"It's good to see different families," said sophomore Evaine Sing.

"Some families aren't as fortunate as all of us," said senior Daniel Snyder. "It's unfortunate we can't help all of them out," he said.

The number of families the school has helped in the past has ranged from one to five, Brashears said. If the school receives enough donations, they may end up helping four families this year, she said.

While the students do not usually get to meet the families they are helping, the school often receives cards from the families, she said. The cards thank the students for making their holidays happier, she said.

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