November 19, 2013
XENIA — Xenia Christian Middle and High School classes held their fall food drive from Nov. 4-11 under the leadership efforts of the seventh and eighth grade students and their advisors, Van Holloway and Nina Pence.
Each class from sixth grade through seniors was challenged to raise at least $40 for the purchase of turkeys (or hams) and consumable items such as bread and eggs. Each class was also assigned items to collect in mass quantities, originally planning to provide for 10 families. However, the students pulled together and exceeded all of the expectations and goals. Many classes raised almost double their money goals, and all exceeded their food contributions.
After school, on Tuesday, November 12, over 20 seventh and eighth-grade students assembled boxes of food and composed notes of appreciation and encouragement for needy families, alumni, and retired staff. Seven vehicles of parent and student volunteers delivered the blessing boxes.
Because of the giving spirit of the students, the original goal of 10 families was expanded to 14. “I am so proud of how our students stepped up and owned this food drive,” one staff person commented. “I loved seeing their hearts of compassion for others; what a testimony of what God is doing in their lives.”