Football Team Kicks off Community Service Drive in October

Claire Dennis

Members of the football program at both the Middle and Upper School will volunteer for the Holidays from the Heart Program this year.

The Holidays from the Heart Program provides aid during the holiday season for families with chronically ill children receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

The players receive a wish list from a family assigned by the hospital. Then, each player is responsible for buying, wrapping and delivering a portion of the gifts on the list to the family that they were partnered with.

The players will receive the wish lists in late October, and meet with the families shortly before Christmas to give them their new holiday gifts.

Each member of the team can receive up to seven community service hours that will go towards their 12-hour school requirement.

The players said that they are excited to give back to the community through their work with the organization.

“I think it is a very good cause and it helps out a lot of kids in need, and it is a great way for the football team to get together to help out kids and families who are less fortunate [in terms of health],” Ben Cooper ’16 said.