During the days preceding their Christmas vacation, Heritage Academy students took advantage of many opportunities to share the blessings of Christ and Christmas with others.
Student council members led a food collection drive. Students in grades K4 through 12 brought in canned and boxed food items to donate to those in need. A total of 979 items were collected and given to the Hagerstown Rescue Mission.
Heritage's third-grade class gathered gifts for the Operation Christmas Child shoe box collection. More than 150 boxes filled with toys and other gifts were collected.
The seventh-grade class met with second-grade prayer partners and made cards for residents of Ravenwood Nursing Home.
Several members of the Heritage varsity girls basketball team volunteered at the American Red Cross gift wrapping center.
Heritage families also donated more than 200 toys to God's Mission in War, W.Va.
"I wanted to share some of the toys I have," first-grader Dillon Baker said.