Before they started their winter break, West Middle School students made sure others would have a happy holiday season. They collected toys for needy children and clothing and other items for homeless veterans.
West’s Student Council led the effort to collect toys for the Village Toy Drive, sponsored by Volunteers of America. West students, staff and community members donated more than 1,000 new toys which will be distributed to children in the metro area who might not find much else under their Christmas trees.
The Gratitude Project is a West community service program dedicated to helping the members of America’s Armed Forces. During the past 11 years, the West community has collected over 4,000 pounds of clothing and other items for student-made care packages that were shipped to military members in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan.
This year, The Gratitude Project partnered with the Veterans Administration Hospital to collect items needed by homeless veterans in the metro area. The VA Hospital asked for gently-used coats and clothing and new socks and underwear. Led by the West AVID students, the school collected nearly 400 pairs of socks, 259 pairs of underwear, 280 shirts, 133 pairs of pants and 84 coats, along with hats, gloves, shoes and blankets.
Thanks to all of the students, staff and families who supported these worthwhile projects, and to Student Council sponsors Nicole Moore, Bridget Brown, Liz Mulroney and Chris Owen and AVID sponsors Sara Whitley and Adrienne DeBall.