SYF Students Serve Others in December
The Holiday Season brings out the best in everyone, even students who have often needed assistance of their own during the tough times.
This December, students at Simon Youth Academies across the country chipped in their time and care to make sure others had an unforgettable holiday.
Simon Youth Coast High School Academy held their 2nd Annual Toy and Food Drive this year. The canned food and personal items collected were donated to the Orange County (California) Food Bank. Toys that were brought in were donated to the Spark of Love Toy Drive sponsored by Southern California Firefighters.
In Indianapolis, another Academy also held a canned food drive. At Simon Youth Academy at Circle Centre, students went “door-to-door” in Circle Centre Mall collecting canned goods from mall retailers.
Simon Youth Rose Tree Media Academy held a gift drive for local seniors. Students at the Academy in Media, Pennsylvania, collected gifts and delivered them to Fair Acres Geriatric Center. For more than 200 years, the Center has served residents who require 24-hour nursing care. Academy students donated and hand-delivered gifts to some of the over 900 residents of Fair Acres.
In Peabody, Mass., just outside of Boston, students at the Academy at Northshore Mall decided to make their gifts, rather than buy them. When a parent told the school that Boston Children’s Hospital was looking for donations, students decide to make blankets. Jo-Ann Fabric offered a deep discount on material, and the students made the blankets themselves. The blankets were delivered to the Hospital for children who were sick and away from home during the holidays.
One of our newest Academies, Simon Youth Academy at Metro-Meridian in Wichita, Kansas, started raising money in September to purchase turkeys for a local food drive. The 150 students at Metro-Meridian raised enough money to donate more than 140 turkeys to the United Methodist Open Door Food Drive. They also volunteered to work a booth at the Assistance League’s Gingerbread Village, raising money for the Ronald McDonald House and Operation School Bell.
We’re very proud of all of our students for their generous and giving spirits, and we hope this story inspires you as we start a new year.