The halls of Morgan High School were filled with huge sacks burgeoning with presents as all of the groups working together to provide Christmas for 25 local families put the finishing touches on their deliveries. The hours spent fundraising and gathering Christmas were forgotten as volunteers anticipated the smiles that their offerings would generate on Christmas morning and the relief parents would feel to be able to provide Christmas for their children.
“We all have times that we can help more and other times that we need help,” Chris Carrigan, MHS teacher and one of the coordinators for the project remarked. “I want to give a special thanks to the community of Morgan for their generosity in helping provide Christmas for neighbors, friends and families in our community. We have the best community in the world!”
This team effort was a coordination of all the schools as well as community organizations. At Morgan High School, the FCCLA (Family Career Community Leaders of America) and FFA led the collection efforts for Sub-for-Santa and a coat drive. The school raised a large amount of cash that was donated to the project. The Morgan Middle School Wolverines also raised money and exceeded their goal to raise $1,500 for each grade. Mountain Green Elementary School collected toys and other presents to donate to the families and Morgan Elementary School held a food drive that brought in much needed non-perishable food to add to the Christmas packages.
In addition to the efforts by the schools, an anonymous neighborhood in Mountain Green made a $500 donation and First Bank of Morgan also donated money to the cause. Each of the 25 families will receive presents, food, money and a ham for Christmas dinner. Families were chosen based on need as identified by community and religious leaders throughout the valley.
“It is amazing to see what the kids at the schools and the community has done for these families,” Carrigan summarized.
Mrs. Dusty Morgan, Morgan Middle School teacher expressed her pride in the middle school students’ part in this endeavor. Their “We Care” program raised over $4,500, exceeding their goal. The children were told if they raised $1,200 per grade, they would get to pie several teachers in the face. If they raised $1,500 they would be able to have extra time for their Christmas dance.
They set a goal of 4500.00. (1500/per grade) They got to pie teachers in the face if they reached a sub goal of 1200/per grade, and have a long Christmas dance if they reached the 1500/grade). “Watching their teachers get a pie in the face was so much fun for them to watch, but the students learned that it’s not the rewards that mean the most, it’s the giving to others that feels the best,” said Morgan.