The Interact Club was excited to be a part of this yearly local tradition. Students Ross Younkman, Dalton Howard, Chris Bebber, Allie Levister, Emily Dill, and Claudia Sanchez geared up to help in anyway they could. Our big project this time around was trash pick-up. The Holiday Lights Safari had already been open for about a month when we headed to help clean up the grounds. Regular staff's hands were kept full and busy caring for the variety of domestic and wild animals, not to mention, the temporary Santa's Village area. This left them unable to keep up with all the trash accumulating with the increase in guests driving through previously off-limits parts of the park. Club members walked across the entire park picking up trash where ever they found it. We filled 14 bags by the time we were finished! Nothing says Christmas like bags full of garbage, right?
Perhaps, when people think of Christmas things trash is not at the forefront of people's minds. However, serving others and being a blessing in whatever way you can is without a doubt the most Christmas-y thing a person can do. I am very proud of these kids and all the service they have provided in the past 4 months!