McNary helps support families for Christmas
December 4, 2019 By:MHS Piper
By: Cade Olson
The street outside glistens in a newly-lain sheet of snow, while inside, a family gathers around a table to enjoy the savory taste of a Christmas meal. It’s nice to imagine that everyone can start their holiday season off with a warm meal, Christmas carols, and a tree brimming with presents and lights of all shape and size. However, this just isn’t the case.
Adopt-A-Celt is a long-running McNary tradition where our school adopts families in need in our McNary community. Lexxy Johnson, 20th Century U.S. History and Leadership teacher, is the head of this program. “We provide holiday gifts and holiday meals for those families in need to help fill their pantry during the holiday season.”
The families provided come from McNary, assigned by our counselors. The counselors help to identify what families we have available and assist in coordinating where we can get stuff from. Johnson is able to recommend families to people by sending word to the counselor via ALPHA (A-Z).
Last year, a total of 26 families were adopted successfully where our school provided holiday gifts for each member of the families. “The sizes in family vary from as small as two, to the largest being 14 over the years. On average, we are helping families of nine to 10 people, typically in feeding them (not just one meal, but rather filling their pantry too),” said Johnson.
Our goal this year is to keep adding and contributing, so the more families we can help, the better. In order to achieve this goal, McNary relies on our teachers, classes, clubs, sports, and activities to help contribute to this effort. “As long as people are offering to contribute their help, then that’s the key to how we are able to carry out this mission.”
Anyone can adopt a celt if they’re willing to. Individuals willing to adopt should, however, take into consideration the cost, as it can get fairly costly in terms of food and gifts. The majority of the time it’s more than just one gift, but rather multiple gifts given towards the families. It can cost upwards of nearly $200.00 to adopt a family, which is why classes are more generally targeted to aid in helping out. “In this way, we can divide and conquer. One person can cover one part, and another can concentrate on another piece.”