Holy Family Catholic School (HFCS) students in sixth through eighth grades will be joining together to bring holiday cheer to residents of a local senior center by making handmade Christmas cards and delivering them in person. This will be the fifth year that students will be participating in the event.
Tana Little, a faculty member at the school, began the tradition with her own family 10 years ago. When her family saw the happiness on the seniors’ faces and realized that, instead of gifts, they wanted to spend time with people who cared, Little decided to start the tradition again with HFCS students. What began as a small way to give back with a group of only 70 students eventually turned into three grade levels working together to make nearly 100 cards.
Little says the students are usually timid at first but eventually warm up when the see the light in the seniors’ eyes. They stay to hold their hands and read the notes in the cards before wishing them a Merry Christmas.