Junior Ambassadors give back to local organizations

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 12/7/17

The 2017-2018 Chamber of Commerce of Walker County Junior Ambassadors wrapped up their first semester on Wednesday with big donations to both a local hospice and a food bank.

The students, who are all seniors from every school around the county, brought in canned goods, blankets, pajamas and other items to be donated to the Southern Care New Beacon Hospice senior angel tree and the St. Cecilia Catholic Church food bank.

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Junior Ambassadors give back to local organizations

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The 2017-2018 Chamber of Commerce of Walker County Junior Ambassadors wrapped up their first semester on Wednesday with big donations to both a local hospice and a food bank.

The students, who are all seniors from every school around the county, brought in canned goods, blankets, pajamas and other items to be donated to the Southern Care New Beacon Hospice senior angel tree and the St. Cecilia Catholic Church food bank.

Linda Lewis, the chamber’s president, told the students who gathered at the Jasper Civic Center on Wednesday that they had brought in the most donations so far for the two organizations.

“You all are truly ambassadors in the community,” Lewis said, before commending the students on their hard work. “I am proud of each and every one of you. You did an outstanding job.”

LeAnn Shadinger, volunteer coordinator for New Beacon, said they have around 220 angels within the community this year and that the Junior Ambassadors’ donations will go towards the angels who are not adopted.

She added that she and the others at New Beacon appreciate the students’ help.

Ellen Richardson, a student at Jasper High School, said it’s great to give back to people around the county. Curry High School student Reid Humphries added that he likes the feeling of knowing he’s helping others.

Emery McWilliams, a Dora student, and Jordan Hadder, a Carbon Hill student, both said that being a Junior Ambassador has helped them realize how fortunate they are and highlight the importance of giving to those in need.

“A lot about Youth Leadership Walker County was about learning leadership skills, and the Junior Ambassadors are putting those skills into action,” said Christian Hutchison, an Oakman High School student.

“That’s why I enjoy Junior Ambassadors, because I really get to help out the community.”

In addition to bringing in donations for New Beacon and St. Cecilia, the students also raised over $1,000 for the Walker County Humane Society Pets on Parade Spay and Neuter program; answered calls for the Daily Mountain Eagle Shoe Fund; and participated in the Adopt-A-Family program, adopting a young child from Daybreak and filling everything on the child’s wishlist.

Next semester, they’re bringing snacks to give to the after-school programs at the Walker County Community Action Agency and will be volunteering with the Groundhog Job Shadow Day in February.