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‘Santa for Seniors’ Ready for the Holidays
‘Santa for Seniors’ Ready for the Holidays
Posted on 12/15/2021
Area seniors will receive festive gift bags this month thanks to students from T.C. Roberson High and North Buncombe Middle.Featured Photos: 1) T.C. Roberson High's FCCLA club prepares gift bags on Dec. 9 for Meals on Wheel's Santa for Seniors program. 2) FCCLA club members stand with completed gift bags. 3) The Roberson FCCLA clubs stands together after completing their bags.

By: Benjamin Rickert
BCS Communications Dept.

One hundred area seniors will receive festive and helpful gift bags this month thanks to student volunteers from T.C. Roberson High and North Buncombe Middle. This holiday season, Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) clubs from both schools are volunteering with the Santa for Seniors program through Meals on Wheels of Asheville, Buncombe County.

FCCLA club members stand with completed gift bags.“Often during the holidays, we think about little kids, but we want to remember our seniors, too,” said Ms. Ashley Lowe, Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher and FCCLA advisor at Roberson. “This is our chance to give back.”

After school on Dec. 9, the Roberson students assembled colorful gift bags full of items they had purchased or received through donations. The gifts were packed with essential items like toothbrushes and toothpaste donated by Asheville’s Zoe Dental, snacks, and fun items like crossword puzzles and word searches. Weaverville-based potter Dennis Weaver of Duck River Pottery donated dozens of beautifully glazed pots and mugs for the gift bags.

The Roberson students will hand deliver all of the bags on Dec. 15 as part of a Meals on Wheels route, and they look forward to the reactions they’ll get from the seniors.

“I hope that they’re excited and grateful and that it just makes their Christmas a little bit brighter,” said junior FCCLA student Logan Davis. “Giving back makes you feel good.”

The Roberson FCCLA clubs stands together after completing their bags.Davis joined the FCCLA club after enjoying Ms. Lowe’s Interior Design class and other CTE classes at Roberson. She liked the opportunities the club provided to volunteer locally and compete at events. In March, the FCCLA club plans to share their Santa for Seniors project with other clubs at the state conference.

“FCCLA is huge on volunteering, promoting leadership skills, and really giving back to our community,” said Lowe. “Our focus is on families and promoting families, whatever they may look like.”

At Roberson, Lowe advises the FCCLA club alongside Career Development Coordinator Ms. Amy White. At North Buncombe Middle, the FCCLA club is advised by CTE and FCCLA teacher Ms. Sherry Peek.

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