Randolph-Macon Academy students, faculty, and staff are once again giving a helping hand to the local Salvation Army, as they seek to fill a 15-passenger van (seats removed) with non-perishable food and winter coats.
“One of the board members told me last year that what we supplied was critical to them fulfilling all the requests for Christmas food boxes,” said Celeste Brooks. Brooks is the Director of Public Relations at the Academy, and also serves as a board member on the Salvation Army Advisory Board. “This year, they have even more requests—240, compared to 200 last year. Fortunately, a lot more organizations are stepping up to help the Salvation Army. We’re just hoping that what we here at R-MA do helps them meet the increased need.”
While the food and coat drive is school-wide, the R-MA Middle School Interact Club has adopted the coat drive in particular as one of their holiday community service projects. As a result, the rack hanging in the van is already full of coats.
The items in the van will be delivered to the Salvation Army’s holiday distribution center on Wednesday, December 12th.
Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12. Students in grades 9-12 participate in R-MA’s 91st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and have the option to participate in a unique flight program. R-MA is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal, VA.