They’ve got the Christmas spirit at Pineville Middle School.
With the help of local businesses, school personnel and students, they’re preparing 26 boxes of food to help struggling families through the two-week holiday break.
Teachers Rachel Kittle and Joanna Huffman discussed doing something for those in need.
“The children get breakfast and lunch at school,” Kittle said. “(The break) is a long time to be out of school. Putting together these boxes will help relieve the burden for the families.”
The boxes include a wide range of foods, including hamburger, sandwich meat, cereal, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, protein bars, mashed potatoes and more.
Area businesses donated food and money to make it possible.
They included Charlie’s Pharmacy, Pineville Pharmacy, Pineville Furniture, H&R Block, Southern Homes, Phillips Pest Control, Goodsons and Sen. Jeff Mullins.
School personnel and students have also pitched in.
“We’ve had such a great outpour,” Kittle remarked.
It has all come together quickly.
“We started working on it last week,” Huffman commented.
Boxes were lined up in the school auditorium, ready for delivery on Thursday and Friday.
Students helped fill the boxes.
“I get out of class,” said eighth grader Brandon Bridges.
“Families who don’t have a lot of money are getting help,” commented Arial Bennett. “It’s a blessing to help people.”
“We’re helping them, giving them things they need,” remarked Sarah Trump.
“We appreciate our community partners. who gave donated food and money,” Kittle said. “We’re very thankful.”
She said it demonstrates how a small town responds when the need arises. “We stick together,” she observed.
Kittle says she would like to see the boxes become an annual project and would like to include neighboring Pineville Elementary as well.
“A lot of our students have siblings at the grade school,” she noted.
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.