The Walker College Foundation (WCF) has helped more than 10 families in Walker County have presents for their children this Christmas.
WCF has partnered with Capstone Rural Health for two consecutive years to make sure children in Walker County have a special Christmas. This year WCF scholars, Bevill State Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa and a BSCC-Jasper staff group donated many toys — and even a bicycle — for Capstone to distribute to families in need the most this holiday.
Shannon Williamson, the outreach coordinator for Capstone, said they identified at least 10 families to give the toys to in Parrish, Oakman and other communities in Walker County. She said they have enjoyed working with WCF Executive Director Holly Trawick and the scholars each year to give back to their patients who visit Capstone facilities.
“People are struggling and trying to make ends meet. It feels good to give back to our patients, because they’re the reason that we’re here,” Williamson said.
Trawick said nearly all of the foundation’s 38 scholars donated at least one toy for the effort, and they also wrapped the gifts with Capstone employees.
“It was a very enjoyable project. By donating a toy they know they are directly impacting a child. I think they can relate to that,” Trawick said. “The employees at Capstone were just blown away that students did this.”
Mica Wade, a WCF scholar, said she thought the Capstone project was a great community service experience.
“I’m so glad I had the opportunity to give back to my community,” she said. “The Capstone employees were great at helping with wrapping the toys and helping us with anything we needed. We have some truly great people among us.”
Trawick said WCF scholars are required to participate in one community service project each year, but many students have done a number of activities to give back. She said the scholars partnered with the Rotary Club of Jasper on a project at the Walker County Lake a few months ago, and they also volunteered for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign this holiday season.
“They’re such good kids,” Trawick said.