By Daniel Salazar
With Christmas being one of the most joyous times of the year, even though holiday festivities are coming to an end, the good cheer that people spread can last all year. A big part of the holiday season is spending time with family, but unfortunately, not everyone has the pleasure of spending Christmas with loved ones, and some spend the holidays on their own.
In our community, we have a great number of senior citizens who are in the unfortunate situation of finding themselves alone or in need if assistance for Christmas. Seeing this, Muscatine High School’s head choir director, Jonathan Ryan, presented the Muscatine High School choirs with a program called ” adopt a senior.”
In this program, students are assigned a senior citizen whom they sponsor. They are then given a list entailing what that person wants for Christmas. These gifts are then delivered to the person they sponsored to give them a gift and spread holiday cheer. The initial response to this idea from the students was a resounding yes.
The choirs were excited to have this opportunity to help someone else. The initial plan was to sponsor one senior citizen, but by the end of the week, the choirs raised enough money to sponsor four different people. A group of students, along with Ryan and Ms. Burford, the assistant choir director, went shopping after school to find gifts to suit the seniors’ needs. The next day another group of students, along with Ryan, hand delivered the gift baskets.
While spreading the holiday cheer, one of the groups delivering got stuck in an elevator for 15 minutes, but it was worth it to the students to see the joy on residents’ faces when they received their gifts.
While the choir’s new project may not have reached hundreds of people, four is just the start!
Pictured, from left to right: choir students Emma Drawbaugh, Elivea Bobay, Isabelle Hartman, Noah Elgatian