Scholars with the Walker College Foundation (WCF) are continuing their annual tradition of completing many volunteer activities to help others have a merry Christmas.
Each year the Alabama Power Service Organization (APSO) purchases Christmas gifts that are distributed to those in need across the state. WCF scholars once again shopped for APSO's Plant Miller chapter by visiting both the Sumiton and Jasper Walmart stores to purchase clothing, toys and other items that will be distributed to youth in Walker County.
WCF also partnered again with Capstone Rural Health Center to purchase items for economically disadvantaged children of clients. Scholars wrapped the gifts as well and delivered them to Capstone.
Holly Trawick, the foundation's executive director, said scholars helped decorate the Alabama Bicentennial Christmas tree downtown as a holiday volunteer project and also served as bell ringers for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign.
"We really think that if you encourage a young person to start early with volunteer service, it becomes a lifetime habit," Trawick said. "Their scholarships come from community members, and somebody has sacrificed time and money to make sure they can go to college, so it's trying to teach them to give back. It's trying to create the next generation of service leaders."
The foundation currently sponsors 40 scholars who receive scholarships to attend Bevill State Community College.
Scholars will complete other community service projects in the new year.