I received an e-mail in early December from one of the fantastic educators in the Redwood Area School District who shared with me some of the things going on in school as it related to holiday generosity.
She wrote, “I think it’s really important for our community to know that we have such kind and giving young people who work very hard to be a part of Redwood Falls.”
I agree, and as a result of some checking based on guidance from this educator, I found out there are quite a few projects going on locally.
According to Emily Paur, who co-advises the National Honor Society, NHS sponsored a family through Share the Spirit.  Each member donated $15 (a few donated $20), with a total of $280 being raised. They also had a student donate the turkey for the family they sponsored.   
A number of the students went to Walmart after school to purchase a holiday meal, as well as additional food items, gift cards  and toys for the kids in the family.  The students wrapped the presents and organized all the goodies they picked out for the family.
Lael Dornseif shared the students in the Business Prof-essionals of America organization worked with We Care project in Morgan on what is known as an angel project. Each BPA member picked an angel sent over from We Care for a child whose parent’s need help buying presents this year. The students bought and wrapped a $5-$10 gift and placed the angel on top. The gifts then were delivered to Morgan and delivered to the kids through We Care.
According to Todd Steve, the RVHS student council held a food drive from Nov. 26-Dec. 19, with each neighborhood in the school collecting food, other nonperishable items and cash donations for the local food shelf.
A total of $600 and 445 pounds of food for the Redwood Area Food Shelf was delivered last week.
Not to be outdone, the RVMS climate committee also held a collection drive, and according to Rachel Karnitz, school guidance counselor, the focus in December was on being kind.
As a result, it was decided the students would hold a stuffed animal drive, with those items collected being given to community organizations who distribute them to kids in need.
The students collected them through the last day before the Christmas break, and they are going to be delivered to groups, such as the Redwood Falls Police Department, the Redwood Area Hospital and the Women’s Rural Advocacy Program.
Education Minnesota also got in the giving mood by presenting a $500 check to Share the Spirit.
It always inspires me to hear the stories of people who are willing to give of themselves to provide a little something for someone else who is in need.
Some of the recipients of those donations offered by students are going to help other kids in their own schools.
I’m not sure they thought their efforts could be helping other students who walk the same hallways, but to think that potential exists just adds to the greatness of what these students did.
Congratulations on being a great example for the rest of us.