Brown County residents’ generosity and Christmas spirit continue as businesses, schools, charities, ministries and individuals try to make sure no one is left out.
Examples of that generosity were on display Thursday in locations including a Brownwood High School’s FFA classroom and the Brown County Extension Office.
In the Brownwood classroom, FFA students used their class Christmas party as their time to bring gifts of clothing and toys. Those items will be taken to The Ark Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Shelter for distribution among residents of the shelter.
The class adopted 28 residents, and although they won’t know the names of who they’re giving to, they were able to know their genders and needs, ag teacher Chelsea Wilson said.
Later Friday, 32 members of the Brown County 4H gathered at the Brown County Extension Office on Fisk. The students wrapped 79 boxes and packed them with turkeys and food as part of the 4H Community Christmas Box project.
The boxes were delivered later to the Community Connections of Central Texas (formerly the Family Services Center) for distribution to families.
Walmart and the Brown County Farm Bureau Board of Directors donated the turkeys, and 4H members donated other food including gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, corn, corn bread mix, instant potatoes, brownie mix and green beans, extension agent Scott Anderson said.
The “H’s” of 4H are head, heart, hands and health, and the project represents the fourth “H,” Anderson said.
May High School senior Nevie Lord, who is president of the 4H Council, said working on the Christmas Box project each year “just means a lot to me. It’s something that I’ve always kind of looked forward to.
“It’s always a bunch of fun getting to see the kids come together and helping the community out. Seeing somebody else smile just means the world to us.”
Brookesmith High School senior Katie Harris, 4H council secretary, added, “even though we don’t get to see the families that these boxes go to, I know that the people at the Family Services Center are excited that we bring these out.”