Students at Mossy Creek Middle School made Christmas a little brighter for 37 families in Houston County.
This is the school’s eighth year donating to Kids Yule Love. Last year, the two- week campaign raised $3,600.
The school raised $4,500 this year, topping the goal of $3,000.
Natalie Rainwater, seventh-grade language arts teacher, is the sponsor for the Future Educators Association program.
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“We don’t do any of this for the applause. It is all for the cause,” she said.
Some students in the school emptied their piggy banks and took on extra chores at home to earn extra money to contribute.
Eleven sixth, seventh and eighth graders in the FEA shopped for wish lists.
Rainwater ordered some of the items online as well as took her students to local stores to shop.
“It was kinda crazy to have to go up and down every aisle to find what they wanted,” said Ansley Brown, an eighth-grader.
Kasey Dixon’s homeroom class raised the most in the school with $363. Her class got a pizza party Friday as a result of its efforts.
Rainwater tasked each of the 30 homeroom classes to raise at least $100.
Most of them exceeded the goal; some, like Dixon’s, more than tripled it.
“I begged more this year,” Rainwater said, laughing.
The students loaded the Nerf guns, “Frozen” puzzles and bags upon bags into the Kids Yule Love van at the school Friday.
The organization will add things such as Bibles and stuffed animals as well as stocking stuffers for the children, said MeeMee Michelle Mari, director of Houston County’s Kids Yule Love.
Students at the school understood what it meant to donate to this cause.
“We did it so they’ll have Christmas like we do,” said 12-year-old Cierra Johnson.
To contact writer Angela Woolen, call 478-952-6114.