Jackson Christian students raise impressive food donation for those in need

JACKSON, Tenn. — Jackson Christian School is cheering at a new level as they announced the amount of cans they were able to raise to donate to RIFA, a local nonprofit that helps people who are hungry and in need.

Shaun powers, Assistant Director of RIFA, tells of the extreme donations raised.

“They called and said they had some food, and we were so glad to find out that they collected over 15,000 pounds of food,” Powers said. “Way more than they collected last year, and this is a significant amount of food for RIFA.”

Not only was RIFA excited, but the children were overjoyed to give back.

Jeanna Rice, the Director of JCS Elementary, tells of one little boy’s joy.

“One of our little boys came over one of the first weeks and said, ‘Wow, I am so glad that the hungry people in Jackson are going to be happy,'” Rice said.

JCS high schoolers also gave back this week. Senior Katie Alexander shares the success of preparing boxes for their sister school in South America. They donated school supplies, Christmas toys, socks, shoes, and other items to fill boxes.

“Our goal as a secondary school was around 50 boxes, and we ended up raising 110, and the money, to ship them to Nicaragua,” Alexander said.

With so much joy spread during this homecoming week, it’s important to remember the needs are still high and we can follow the example left by these kids.

“We’re really only able to do the work that we do because of the community,” said Powers. “It is our goal to get food in and get food out as quickly as possible, so we can show the love of Christ to other people.”

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