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Giving back: Students unite to provide backpacks for the needy

Lauren Wrigley joins her fellow Daniel Boone students in packing up supplies for area homeless and families in need.
Lauren Wrigley joins her fellow Daniel Boone students in packing up supplies for area homeless and families in need.

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A group of Daniel Boone High School Students led by faculty members Connie Noel and Josh Elliot spent their Wednesday afternoon packing more than 160 bags with winter essentials and hygiene products to deliver to the Johnson City Downtown Center for the less fortunate.
It was the first year that the group took the time to pack the bags, but it won’t be the last, according to Daniel Boone Principal Tim Campbell.
“We hope to continue to grow this year after year,” he said.
This year’s event sort of snuck up on a few faculty members, which made them go the extra mile and gather more things to donate.
“To be honest, one of us had some bags and we were looking for a place to go,” Noel said. “So we decided to that with the students, teachers and staffs’ help, that we could collect these items and pack them.”
The student body was asked to collect bags, backpacks and clothes, while the organizations and groups were given the job of collecting the toiletries and hygiene products. The group was able to surpass the initial goal of 100 bags.
“I was excited to see the participation and the excitement from the kids,” Noel said. “They kids have gone the extra mile that they didn’t have to go.”
One of the many students that was on hand to help was Connor McClelland, who serves as the President of the Student Council and Senior Class Vice President.
He said that he wasn’t surprised to see the outpouring of support from the student body to help others.
“I’m not surprised because they care here,” McClelland said. “And I’m not surprised because the FCA did a great job of advertising it and getting everyone involved. The students here are willing to help other people.”
Also in the bags were necklaces made out of purple string with a wooden cross at the end which had Kaylee and the #3 inscribed on them. Attached to that was a note wishing each recipient a Merry Christmas and a few words.
“In this backpack we have a couple of presents for you, the most important being a cross necklace,” the letter read. “On this necklace is the name of a student that we lost earlier this year in an automobile accident. She lives on through her love of people and her love of Christ. Take the necklace and put it around your neck, so every time that life feels too hard and you don’t know if you can keep going, you can look at that necklace and know that you’re not alone.”
The bags stuffed with winter clothing and other essentials were delivered on Wednesday.