Tennessee High students helping over 100 families in need

BRISTOL, TN (WJHL) – For over 40 years, the Bristol, TN school system has helped package meals for thousands of families in the school district and this year wasn’t any different.

Dozens of Tennessee High School Student Council members and faculty spent Sunday morning packing up $3500 worth of groceries from Food City. It’s money they raised, along with help from local businesses, administration, teachers, sports, clubs, support staff and the Junior League of Bristol/Virginia to give more than 100 families a holiday meal this Thanksgiving.

“It’s an amazing feeling to help that many families,” Committee Chairman and Student Council member, Makayla Warden said.

tennessee-hs-2The group packed up and went back to campus to organize and sort the items —  including turkey, milk, corn, green beans, yams and more.

Through an assembly line and some old fashion hard work, they managed to build dozens of meals boxes.

“Really it’s just to help the people who are less fortunate get through the holidays when they don’t have as much and just to be able to have a nice thanksgiving family meal,” Committee Chairman and Student Council member, Bailey Mullins said.

An experience that organizers, Warden and Mullins said they aren’t taking for granted.

“It makes me feel thankful and I’m really grateful I’m able to help these people. Just coming together as a group and just forming these friendships to help the community, Mullins said.

Students said this year they’re feeding the most families than ever before.

“Now we’ve helped 117 families also have their family together and they’re able to give food to their children,” Warden said.

A school system wide initiative that helps keep the spirit of giving alive during the holiday season.

Starting at 9:30 Monday morning, students and drivers will pair up to pass out the meal boxes to families across Bristol, TN, just in time for Thanksgiving.

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