8th SAG students with Blessing Bags

PCMS Eighth graders worked on the final stages of their first semester community service project today during Student Advocacy Groups (SAG). For the third year in a row, "blessing bags" will be donated to those in need this winter season. Each blessing bag consists of a few warm items for winter (stocking cap, gloves, and socks), as well as some personal toiletry items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, and deodorant). In addition, a friendly holiday greeting card is included in each of the bags.

After raising money for the past couple of months by selling donated and purchased snack items to students in between classes, today 8th grade SAG worked to prepare the blessing bags. Each group was responsible for preparing one part of the overall finished blessing bag, be it assembling the clothing items or toiletries, or preparing the content labels, greeting cards, or the bags themselves.

The end result will be about 90 blessing bags to be dispersed among the four blessing box locations in town and The Lord's Diner here in Pittsburg.

The teachers and students involved in this project aim to help those in need during the harsh weather of the winter months. They hope the blessing bags will lift the spirits of those who might be struggling -- especially those having to brave the cold weather on the streets. The included greeting card in each bag is meant to bring a smile to the faces of those who may have fallen on hard times and let them know that somebody out there is thinking of them.

"Thank you to everyone out there who helped make this project a success," says Kim O'Bray, on behalf of the 8th grade SAG groups. "We appreciate all of the donations we received, including the snack cakes to sell, supplies for the bags, and money students used to curb their "sweet tooth" by buying the snacks during the school day!"