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FCCLA members show items collected in their hats, gloves, scarves drive


This holiday season, Porter Ridge’s clubs and organizations came together to give back to those in need. Several clubs here at PR hosted donation events to spread joy throughout the community. Through all of the generous donations, joy and holiday spirit has been spread throughout the community and to those who need it most.

PR’s National Honor Society (NHS), one of the many clubs offered at PR, hosted a pet food drive for animals in need. NHS asked the school to bring canned or dry food for cats/kittens and dogs/puppies as well as other animal supplies. These items were collected by NHS members to help make a difference in the lives of animals in need. All of the donations gathered were donated to the Humane Society of Union County, which will help provide food and supplies to families who are struggling to care for their animals.

Junior Erin Cosgrove, a member of NHS, said, “There are many animals that don’t have homes and who aren’t living in ideal conditions. It is worth it to give these pets food that they need in order to live their lives the best they can.”

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), hosted a coat drive this holiday season. FBLA gathered gently used/new coats, jackets, sweaters, or hoodies. These articles of clothing were donated to the Union County Christmas Bureau to help people who struggle to keep warm through this harsh winter season.

When senior Sarah Huval, a member of FBLA, was asked about what this coat drive means to her, she said, “I believe the coat drive FBLA is hosting is a great way to fulfill the hearts of people in need for this holiday season. So many people will be left cold this winter, but with the help of FBLA, we can provide warmth for those who really need it!”Pet food collected for the Union County Humane Society

The Spanish Club held a canned food drive to give back to local low-income families. The Spanish Club asked for students and staff of PR to bring in non-perishable canned food items. These canned food items were donated to Heart for Monroe, which will help feed families during this holiday season.

The sponsor of the Spanish Club, Spanish teacher Maria Koonce, was asked what the Canned Food Drive meant to her and she stated, “Giving back to the community and families during this time is very important to me. Last year my country, Puerto Rico, went through Hurricane Maria and our students and the community helped families that lost everything. I just want to give back the generosity and appreciation to families that need help during this time.”

PR's FCCLA members under the direction of Family Consumer Science teacher Lisa Goldberg held a drive and collected hats, scarves, gloves and coats to donate to Friends of the Homeless. Seventy-two cookie boxes were also donated along with 2 pairs of socks, 18 pairs of gloves, 29 hats, 15 baby clothes, 21 scarves, and 36 coats!

Porter Ridge continues to give back to the community during the holiday season and under the hashtag #UCPSGivesBack stories from across the county show how UCPS schools are helping their communities.

Author-Kat Kimmet-12th grade student