GALLIPOLIS — Members of the Gallia Academy High School Leo Club met Friday to stuff stockings and give back to the community.
The club plans to give the stockings away along with gifts purchased by local students in the schools, an annual program involved numerous organizations and civic groups in Gallia County. The Gallipolis Lion’s Club (parent group to the Leos) funds the operation, while the Leos purchase the gifts, wrap them, and deliver them to other families in the community. In years past, the schools supply a list of names according to certain criteria.
Leos will pack for stuffed stockings for 100 kids.
“The Leo club got involved because there is a lot of us, and they’re really willing to show up and put forth the effort,” said Leo Advisor Sandra Mayes.
They met at the Colony Club in Gallipolis to stuff stockings after school so as not to get in the way of academics, according to Mayes.
“We’re stuffing stockings for those who are less fortunate,” said Leo Elizabeth Hoover. “Not everyone is as fortunate as I have been and (community service) is a great thing to do.”
The stockings will be stuffed with small gifts and candy, and delivered several days before Christmas along with the gifts purchased.
“It matters to me because it makes so many people happy,” said Julianna Yates, Leo member and senior at GAHS.
The goal of the GAHS Leo Club is to do more community service this year than they ever have.
“Through the little things we are doing, hopefully they are learning that helping others doesn’t really take a lot,” said Mayes. “You don’t have to be rich to help others. You don’t have to be rich to put in the manual labor to help others.”
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342.