Football players to help holiday organization

Ethan Knight

Members of the football program at both the Middle and Upper School will volunteer for the Holidays from the Heart Program during the fall and winter of 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 that is on his individual list to the family that he was 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 for his work that will go towards his 12-hour school requirement for the year.

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

“I think it is a very good cause, and it helps out a lot of kids who are in need,” football player Ben Cooper ’16 said. “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].”