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Heritage Academy students help others

December 07, 2009

Heritage Academy students took an interest in helping members of the local community, in addition to helping children in other countries.

During the first few weeks of November, the student government sponsored a food drive in the high school, and at the same time, they encouraged the elementary students to fill shoe boxes for Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child program. For more information, go to www.samaritanspurse.org.

Students in grades seven through 12 brought in 1,009 food items, which were donated to the Hagerstown Rescue Mission.

The elementary students filled 109 shoe boxes with toys, school supplies and items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Heritage students have been supporting Operation Christmas child for more than 10 years.

The shoe boxes were taken to Solliday Oil, where Roy Grove, former chairman of the board at Heritage, arranged for the packages to be transported to Samaritan's Purse headquarters in North Carolina.

From there, the shoe boxes will be distributed to children who live in poverty-stricken areas all over the world.

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Dr. Hunter Powell, Heritage Academy administrator, said, "According to the news, needs at our local food banks are up about 95 percent from last year. For our students to bring in so many items shows love for the Lord and Christian service, and that is what we are trying to teach our kids here at HA."

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