HOLDEN, Mass. — After a coin drive organized this December by the Holden Christian Academy student council, families were able to raise $1,800 in donations to once again help orphans in Belarus receive gifts this Christmas.
As parents arrived at the school to pick up or drop off their kids, the student council World subcommittee was out collecting from car to car, raising money for the orphans supported by Spring of Revival Ministry.
"It was amazing this year," said Jo-Anne, admissions manager for the school, who said that the money donated was enough to give a box of chocolates to every kid in all five of the supported orphanages.
For many of them, this will be their only gift this Christmas.
Yet even though the HCA students have never met the children, they have learned a lot about them through visits by Olga Goncharenko, who works with the orphans in Belarus.
Through Goncharenko's presentations at the school, the students have been able to forge a connection to children in across the world, and have continually raised funds to help support the young orphans.
In fact, last year, the students were able to raise money to send sweaters to one of the orphanages.
Jo-Anne explained that the students at HCA are taught to think beyond themselves, and not just about how to give to the community, but also the world.
In fact, the student council members separate into three subcommittees that work toward efforts to help the school, the community, and the world.
On a community level, students were able to run a clothing drive for Holden Chapel’s Main South ministry in Worcester, bringing in coats, hats, scarves, and gloves to help keep those in need warm this winter.