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BC JROTC, companies help to brighten holiday for families

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - About 40 Bullitt Central families will have a brighter Christmas thanks to the work of the student body and some corporate partners.

For the second straight year, the Bullitt Central JROTC program and the school’s Youth Services Center combined to provide a brighter Christmas.

Tonia Wiggins, director of the Bullitt Central Youth Services Center, said the cooperation has been amazing.

Ret. Major Mark Klaczak, senior Army instructor of the JROTC program, said about 75 of the cadets participated in raising canned food items and money.

This year, the cadets worked to collect 3,160 canned and non-perishable food items.

They also participated in various fund-raising events, such as car washes and solicitations of businesses and residential homes, to generate another $1,507.82.

With the funds generated, he said 30 hams would be purchased so each family would receive one in their basket.

The money was also used for adopting five Christmas angels from Bullitt Central students.

The remaining $1,022.82 was given to the youth center.

Wiggins said there were some changes in the guidelines to be eligible for Christmas baskets this year. Those included requiring parents to attend at least two workshops or school events.

She said that would increase parental involvement in the activities sponsored by the youth services center.

Throughout the year, CATO clothing store in Shepherdsville donated items. The clothing was collected and will be part of the giveaway for the families.

Zappos has also been a regular partner in the youth services center. She said they have donated shoes, as well as stockings for each of the recipients and even some gift cards.

The company also adopted nine Bullitt Central angels this Christmas.

And Save-a-Lot in Shepherdsville participated in providing good prices on the hams and rolls, said Wiggins.

“We have had a lot of help in providing these baskets,” said Wiggins.

Parents and students picked up the baskets on Friday.