Marvin Ridge High School’s Spirit Club went above and beyond this holiday season in order to help those in need.
On Dec. 11, 2010, several members volunteered for a few hours to prepare for a local fundraiser. A department store that wishes to remain anonymous was holding a sale to raise money for a local charity they created. All money made from this sale was donated to this charity. The Maverick volunteers did their part by helping to set up for the sale. It took a while, but with teamwork, the task was accomplished much faster than in other years.
The Marvin Ridge Spirit Club also adopted a family this Christmas, through the Salvation Army’s Christmas Bureau. The members who attended the service project were hoping they would be able to buy items from the sale to give to their family of four. After choosing many articles of clothing and other necessities, the girls were informed that the department store would donate it all, free of charge. It was unexpected, and the girls were thrilled. They had been worried about how much they could buy with their small amount of money, and with this generous gift, they had the ability to get several outfits for each member of the family, towels, blankets and even a small Christmas tree.
In addition, other members of the club donated toys and games for the children, and a TV for the whole family to enjoy.
Marvin Ridge High School’s Student Council arranged for two bikes to be donated for the children, as well as a gift card for groceries. All the members of both the Spirit Club and Student Council became excited just thinking about how they were helping this family.
After all the gifts had been collected, the officers of the Spirit Club met to wrap everything. The unwrapped presents were transformed into a huge pile of gifts, just waiting to be opened. Three days later, the presents were delivered to the family. It was an occasion of great excitement for the family and the club members. With everything they had done to make sure this family had a great Christmas, they started to feel like they knew them.
The Spirit Club members experienced something truly moving this holiday season. Instead of making a list of presents they wanted, they made a list of things they wanted to give those in need, and with help from the Student Council, they got everything on that list.
This wonderful opportunity taught these high schoolers the real meaning of Christmas – and it will be something they will not forget.
Marvin Ridge High School