YLA is founded on three main pillars: Leadership, Character, and Service. During this time of year, the season of giving, Wirt County YLA has set out to give in many different ways. They have many service projects up and running for the holiday season.
To start off the Christmas spirit, YLA members volunteered their time at the Wirt County Primary Center by painting faces at the Christmas celebration.
“It went amazing! All of the YLA volunteers had a lot of fun with it and the children seemed to love it too,” said Sophia Steigleder, YLA member who participated in the face painting event.
YLA also adopted two children to provide Christmas gifts for from the Secret Santa program. To raise money to buy gifts, YLA members hosted a bake sale at Foodmart on Saturday, December 3rd.
“I’m beyond happy with the outcome of money that we can provide for the kids, but I am most happy with the crew I had to help me every step of the way. I want the kids to know Christmas that they were taken care of, and that a group of people truly gave their all to make them happy,” said Emily Summers, who helped organize the Secret Santa Project.
On December 20th, YLA will also be serving the Senior Citizens a Christmas dinner. YLA members will also be decorating Christmas Ornaments to be put in the meals that are delivered to the Senior Citizens.
To add on to the Christmas fun, at the YLA December meeting, they will be having a Chinese gift exchange. It’s a tradition that all YLA members look forward to.
“The goal for this month for YLA was to get every member involved in a service project, which I think we met. Some of our ideas for the service projects this month came from fall conference where we collaborated with other YLA’s,” says YLA president Caitlin Cottrell.
YLA is founded on giving to others. During the Holidays, they make sure that they can help and give in every way possible.