Help for the Holidays



Decorative presents are on display in the Red Room at the White House during a preview of the 2016 holiday decor, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

This year multiple groups have come together with Klein Oak Cares to help collect food for a local food pantry as well as raise money for families to provide them presents this holiday season.

“Klein Oak Cares is a group I work with throughout the year to help with crisis situations,” Assistant Principal Kimberly Walters said. “but most of our work is during the holidays helping families have the best Christmas possible.”

Groups like French Honor Society, German Club, Baking Club, Debate, and Path have joined with Klein Oak Cares and have each signed up for certain food items like rice, potatoes, shortening, dry cereal, and etc. to minimize the possibility of having too much of one item.

“Our group was in charge of getting beans, rice, and potatoes.” Athletic Trainer Austyn Deyo said. “Getting to bring in things knowing that it will make someone’s day is the best feeling ever!”

Along with food, the groups helping have also been assigned students to buy presents for, like shoes, bikes, jackets, games, and etc. The sponsored student makes a list of what they like or want for the groups to look at.

“The student the Dance department is sponsoring this year is a 17-year-old girl who likes clothes and makeup, so all of us are bringing in some cute clothes and our favorite makeup products.” Strutter Lieutenant Madison Lummus said.

This year is the first year Klein Oak Cares is doing this specific fundraiser, but they are hoping to keep going in the future.

“The best part about doing this is seeing how the student body comes together to help others in the community who may not be as fortunate as they are and seeing the impact it makes on both sides.” Walters said.