ADA — As the holiday season approaches, people across the country will remember those less fortunate during what is supposed to be a joyful time of the year. Locally, Latta High School students who participate in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes program have already begun their holiday tasks.

“This is the first year I've sponsored the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and this is the first year we've done anything like this,” Melinda Isaacs, junior and senior English teacher at Latta High School said.

And what Isaacs is referring to is a Christmas program designed to help those children around the area in need and who may not receive any gifts for Christmas.

“We contacted a ministry group called Loaves of Life and the lady in charge of that gave us a list of names of families,” Isaacs said. “We contacted them and asked them if they would be interested in allowing us to bless their kids and they were very willing to and very appreciative.”

According to Isaacs, the FCA group has approximately 70 students involved and when they began to toss the idea around of helping children in need, they all agreed and decided to help.

“Everybody jumped on board and they volunteered,” she said. “They all bought gifts and were very generous.”

Isaacs said that each gift purchased was done by a student and was not a donation.

“These kids have done it, mostly out of their own pocket,” she said. “Either their parents bought it or the kids bought it with their own money.”

Latta High sophomore Caitlyn James said that it’s good to donate time and gifts to children because the students receive so much during the year.

“We don’t really know what it’s like to be these kids, to not have what these kids don’t have,” she said.

"I like helping people around Christmas, it's fun," Latta High School student Kahla White said. "It's important to learn how to be generous."

Isaacs said that the gifts will be presented to the children Saturday, and that a dinner and party were also going to be given to them as well.

“Angel tree is wonderful, we thought about doing Angel Tree, but we're actually hosting a party for the kids to come in and we're going to get to interact with these families,” she said. “Some of these guys are kind of big, rough guys on our basketball team and they're going to get to get in there and play with these kids. It's going to be a neat experience for everyone. And when you get one-on-one contact with people in need, it makes a bigger impact for our kids.”

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