SHEPHERDSVILLE - For years, the Bullitt Central JROTC cadets have collected non-perishable food items for the Shepherdsville food basket program.
But, this year, the efforts were focused toward taking care of families within the Bullitt Central family which needed a little assistance during the holiday season.
Working with the Bullitt Central Youth Services Center, over 60 families will receive assistance this Christmas.
Maj. Mark Klaczak said he was impressed with the willingness of the cadets to get involved in the service project. There was a strategy on how to generate the food items and cash donations.
Ten of the junior and senior cadets were in charge of coordinating the collection plan and they were assisted by 51 freshman and sophomore cadets.
At the end of the campaign, the students collected 3,115 canned and non-perishable food items. They also collected another $1,043.22 in cash.
Besides asking friends and neighbors, the students went to Save-a-Lot and Big Lots to solicit donations from customers.
To tie the project into the classroom, the students kept a learning log and wrote a community service essay.
Tonia Wiggins, director of the Bullitt Central Youth Services Center, requested the cadets prepare 60 boxes for BCHS families in need. Each had at least 50 cans or boxed goods.
In addition, the JROTC students sponsored eight student angels, which included Bullitt Central attire thanks to the help of Christina McRay and the Cougar Shop.
Wiggins will also have another $429 to help with other services needed by Bullitt Central families throughout the year.