Giving back has become a tradition for a group of eighth-graders at Davis Middle School, something to be celebrated and reborn each year.
This Christmas season, about 50 students — many who have grown up together and participate in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes — gathered to collect and distribute “essentials” to a Hall County family whose home burned in a fire.
“These kids are very active ... very engaged,” said Deana Brooks, whose daughter, Cate, helped lead the charge. “It’s just something they wanted to do.”
They’ve done it before, too. But this time was a little bittersweet.
On Friday, following a tip from a youth pastor at Free Chapel, the students were off to hand out clothes, bedsheets and blankets, toys and gifts for the four children in the family, food and more.
“These kids wrapped and provided some the basics that will hopefully help them start to rebuild the essentials for their home,” Brooks said.
Fifty-three presents in all were wrapped and delivered.
“They lost their entire home to a fire just a few weeks ago, leaving them with absolutely nothing,” Brooks said.
With some students off to different high schools next year, the night was a goodbye of sorts, Brooks said. Perhaps the last holiday they will share together in the service of others.
Brooks is just thankful they got the chance.
“Those looking to help don’t always know where to turn,” she said.