It’s that time of year again; charity time. This holiday season, groups across Lowry are giving back in every way they can.
“I view our community as a team,” said Honor Society member, Mckenzie Houston. “There are some members that need help, and we are the members who can give it to them. The help we give and receive makes our community stronger.”
Starting with Thanksgiving, Lowry held a disposable roasting pan drive for families in need. There was also a Thanksgiving food drive competition, in which the senior class brought in the most food, and received root beer floats during lunch for their efforts.
Leadership is taking the initiative to help Santa out this Christmas by assisting him with the Christmas letters sent by elementary schools in the community. Mrs. Tanya Grady has been spearheading this for over 20 years.
“For kids, it’s exciting to know that Santa is going to bring them presents,” said sophomore class vice president Anjolie Karrer. “Everyone in leadership gets a class or two, with each class ranging from 15-30 kids. I love working with leaders because I love Christmas, and bringing some joy to kids. The gift that goes with the letter might be the only thing the kids get and cherish this year.”
The sophomore class is also hosting a warmth drive for members of the community. “Keep Warm This Winter” collected warm things like clothes and blankets, along with personal hygiene products for care kits.
“Imagine being in that person’s shoes,” said Karrer. “Wouldn’t you like some help this winter and to be more comfortable in the cold.”
Honor Society is doing a lot of good around the community as well. For the fall season, they raked leaves for senior citizens.
“For most of the elderly, it is difficult to go out and keep their yards clean,” said Houston. “We help make things easier for them.”
Honor Society's presence in the soup kitchen is more important in the winter than ever.
“It’s going to be getting cold,” said Houston. “It will be even harder to find work. People will still need to eat to survive.”
Honor Society also hosted the annual blood drive on December 5.
“Every time we donate blood, we save someone’s life,” said Houston.