The Commerce Journal


January 17, 2008

The spirit of giving

CHS helps Lil' Angels

This year Commerce High School has chosen to take part in the season of giving by participating in Angel Tree. (A charity project that helps young children experience the true meaning of Christmas, by receiving extra gifts that they may not have gotten, making the holiday season more special.) In Mrs. Rose’s room a tree was set up with angels on it, each 3rd period class was asked to pick an angel and purchase gifts for it.

Mrs. Rose, the sponsor of FCCLA (who was in charge of putting this organization together) said that it’s a very good organization. “This particular tree goes to help children who are in foster homes, or under some sort of foster care. They don’t have a regular Christmas with their real families, so I think that every little bit that we can do helps a lot to make sure that Christmas is great for these kids.”

How did the students feel about doing this though? “Our class bought presents for a little girl,” responds Sage Sullivan, “I really liked going to Wal-Mart and picking out the presents. I don’t know. I just felt like I was doing my part to help.”

“I really liked doing it,” says Junior Ryan Brenn “it gave me a warm feeling in my heart.”

“It made me feel good knowing that on Christmas morning, a child will be waking up with presents under the tree that wouldn’t usually get that experience.” adds Allie Stauffer, also a junior “I can’t imagine going without that kind of Christmas.”

To show the true giving nature of our school, Mrs. Overstreet’s classes started doing Angel Tree a couple weeks before the teacher’s knew about CHS’ plan to contribute to Angel Tree. “I had no idea FCCLA had decided to take this on. I just told all of my classes that we were going to take part in Angel Tree, and I was accepting donations to help buy the presents. In all they raised a lot of money and I had enough money to buy quite a few gifts for two children. I wasn’t really surprised that they donated so much though, because I think that teenagers are very giving at their age. I had faith in my students to make this happen.”

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