Local students give ‘Gift of warmth’ to community members in need
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Local students are bringing the gift of warmth to those in need for the third consecutive year.
Students in the Rapid City Catholic Schools have been raising money through a variety of activities; From cake days, to long-johns for donuts.
The kids, grades K-12, raised a little more than $1,400, which went to buying warm clothing for those served by the Cornerstone Rescue Mission.
“The weather is obviously getting colder outside and South Dakota winters can be brutal,” said Katie. “We just know that we are very fortunate to have warm houses, meals, clothes, and we know that other people in our community are a lot less fortunate, and we would just like to give the opportunity to them to have some of the fortunes that we have every day.”
Donations like this help fill a need at the Mission, it allows their budget dollars to be utilized elsewhere.
Executive Director Lysa Allison credits the character of the students for taking such an interest in their community.
“It’s incredible to see young kids, as young as elementary age, have that community service, that live out their faith, that have really good mentors not only in the middle and high school, but with their teachers and parents. So, you know, it’s wonderful,” said Allison.
Money raised by the students went specifically toward thermal underwear, snow boots, and other winter attire.
The Scheel’s store at Rushmore Crossing also helped with their purchase through the donation of a gift card.