Junior High Students Give Back at The Salvation Army

May 28, 2022

Midland Junior High Students say it felt Good to Give Back

Few things are more inspiring than young people stepping up to make a difference in their community. Students from San Jacinto Junior High in Midland did just that, sharing their ongoing passion to serve and encourage those in need by serving The Salvation Army. 

More than 25 students from Candice Hicks’ art class volunteered to serve lunch, wash dishes, and clean the dining room at The Salvation Army. Handmade fleece scarves were also given to those staying at the shelter.

“A friend of mine was living in an assisted living community and one of the last things she told me before she died was to ‘Bring Joy to this place.’ She hated that people were so lonely,” said Hicks.

“That year we made 100 ornaments and cookies and about 50 kids filled the facility and sang Christmas carols. The kids loved it,” Hicks said, adding that they choose a different organization and project each year.

“I liked giving food to those who need it. I had never done it before and it felt good to give back,” said Michal, one of the students. “The kitchen staff showed us what to do and empowered us to do things ourselves.”

The Well-Hand of Grace and Midland Chamber partnered on the project, covering the cost of all supplies and provided a T-shirt for each student.

“It felt great helping others,” said another student, Chase. “It makes you feel good about yourself when you see how much helping others makes a difference.”

Lt. Robert Coriston, commanding officer of the The Salvation Army of Midland was grateful to the San Jacinto Mustangs for their support. “The kids were enthusiastic and ready to help, and our clients enjoyed meeting them,” Coriston said. “Hopefully, they will consider volunteering again in the future. They’ll make terrific bell ringers!”

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