By Mark Carpenter –
The North Adams Junior High girls and boys basketball teams recently participated in the Blue Creek Holiday Sharing Event. The team was invited by the Mays family to participate in providing items to families in need. The teams and their coaches were more than excited to help and they collected over 1,000 items to share.
The community was served by more than 50 players, coaches and parents. Due to the large amount collected, several items were remaining after serving the Blue Creek area. Sharon Harris at the Adams County Homeless Shelter had expressed a need for the remaining items. Harris explained, “We all have hopes and dreams and never expect to be placed in a time of need but it happens. The shelter helps serve the community needs in many ways.” Harris was extremely thankful for the hard work of the kids and that they thought to place the other remaining items with them.
No one could have guessed when this all started with a goal of 500 items that the teams would be able to serve hundreds of families for the winter and holiday season. The efforts from these youngsters will touch so many. There were also major contributions by coaches Taylor Jodrey, Shannon Staggs, Eric Toole, and Ryan Unger, plus parents Stephanie Gill, Terry Call, Corey Campbell, Brad Jones, and Emily Collett. Kudos also to Brian Whalen for use of his box trailer necessary to transport the abundance of items.
Anyone in need of warm items please contact the Homeless Shelter for assistance.