2008-12-13 / News

It's been a white Christmas in Millersport for 38 years

By Scott Rawdon

Kortney Maynes, Millersport High School senior class vice president, displays a few of the items donated to the White Christmas program. This is the program's 38th year. Beacon photo by Scott Rawdon. Kortney Maynes, Millersport High School senior class vice president, displays a few of the items donated to the White Christmas program. This is the program's 38th year. Beacon photo by Scott Rawdon. MILLERSPORT - Snow or none, it will be a White Christmas in Millersport, as it has been for 38 years. A holiday tradition, Millersport students, the student council, National Honor Society, German Club, and members of the Class of 2009 and the Millersport community joined forces for the White Christmas program, where each year hundreds of dollars received in donations are used to buy food and gifts to help community families in need, and fruit baskets to send holiday cheer to many community senior citizens. Food and toys are donated as well.

"We're happy to be involved in this project again," said Millersport High School Principal Charles Leedle, adding that the project helps to strengthen the relationship between the schools and their community. He said the students gain a perspective on the stark realities many community members face during the holidays. Leedle said 65 families will benefit from the gifts and many senior citizens will receive gift bags decorated by elementary school students. The Millersport Lions Club donated the food for the gift bags and the club donated transportation, he said.

MHS senior Krystal Keller first volunteered for the toy drive as a freshman. She learned of the program through the German Club, whose members help wrap the toys each year. "I'm excited to make a difference in someone's life," said Keller. As a senior, this year she's involved with collecting and organizing donated canned goods, which are donated through the elementary school; each year, MHS seniors are responsible for distribution of the canned goods.

"Especially in the bad economy, people need a lot of help," said Kortney Mayne, MHS senior class vice president. She said the community and students provided strong donations this year, but ironically the tough economy, she believes, is keeping some people from donating at all. Mayne estimated this year's donations are about half of last year's.

Leedle said individuals, local lodges, businesses, churches, Tips for Tots, and the American Legion have all donated to the cause. Some of the donations will be distributed Thursday, Dec. 18.

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