St. Mary’s students collecting supplies for Gatlinburg victims

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Students at St.Mary’s Catholic School are working to save Christmas for the victims of the Gatlinburg fire, as part of the school’s annual service project.

Each class chooses a different group to help for the holiday season. However, this year three classes banded together to help those suffering from the fire. They are collecting supplies which include toiletries, clothing, food, as well as pet food.

“People are dying out there and they need essentials for them to survive,” Andrew, a 6th grade student at St. Mary’s, said.

According to staff, the school mission is to support the community, as well as teach their students the importance of helping others.

“It really makes me happy to be able to introduce to them at such a young age how important it is to be a part of your community and help others that are in need or less fortunate than you are,” Carrie Booth, a Pre-K and Kindergarten teacher at St. Mary’s, said.

The school will be collecting donations until December 9. They are encouraging community members to join in on the donations. Anyone interested in participating can drop supplies of at St. Mary’s school office.

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