Braselton Christian Academy helping families through food drive

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Students at Braselton Christian Academy get food boxes prepared for families in need.

By KATIE JUSTICE, kjustice@clickthepaper.com

Tucked away on Tuscany Drive, just off of Highway 211 in Braselton, is the Braselton Christian Academy. This small school is home to about 50 students, and these 50 children are making a difference in their community.

Beginning in November, a food drive was held in effort to provide food for the families chosen by the school from the Angel Tree. These families were also provided their desired toys and clothing listed on the tree.

However, students far surpassed the collections necessary for their families from the tree. Their “wonderful abundance” of nonperishable food is making its way to others in need in the community.

Families on the school’s Angel Tree are getting food this holiday season as are others helped by the Rotary Club.

Once the boxes were packed for their Angel Tree families, a room in the school still remained full of food. The surplus was split. Half went to the Boys and Girls Club of Jackson County.

The remaining half is to be donated to families in need, identified in part through Holiday Connection. A Christmas party, hosted by the Braselton Rotary, will be held Dec. 18 for these families. Braselton Christian Academy drector Penney Smith, A member of the Braselton Rotary Club, is the person behind the food collection component of this year’s Rotary community project. She is networking through Rotary to see that families in need of food can benefit from Braselton Christian Academy’s bounty.

Last Friday and on Monday, students compiled all of the remaining canned goods to share with Holiday Connection.

“We just want to feed as much as we can for as long as we can,” said Madelyn Majewski, a sixth grader helping to pack boxes of food.

“We’re all very blessed here, and blessed with Mrs. Smith and the school,” said Kathy Barnes, as she supervised the students organizing the food.

“Our family base here is just unbelievable,” said Barnes, who reports everyone from parents to grandparents helped contribute to the food drive.

“I really know that God would like everyone [as I would] like them to have the food we have here,” said sixth grader Will Beckham.

“We’re very proud of the kids,” said Barnes. “They enjoyed learning about what it’s like to help someone else.”