A basketful of thanks

Shane McCrink, Staff Writer

Miami Palmetto Senior High clubs come together to give thanks this holiday and give back to their community. The various clubs at our school have put together Thanksgiving baskets for the annual turkey-eating holiday at the end of November.

Featuring many items such as canned foods, peanut butter, jelly, cake mix and vegetables, the baskets made serve for the less fortunate and homeless.

“Doing these baskets is an amazing feat considering not many people get the luxury that we do pertaining to the amount of food available,” Spanish National Honor Society member Sy Lam said. “Giving some of our food to them is something that we should usually be doing but the fact that we are doing it now is just great and so rewarding.”

Once each basket fills with goodies, the clubs report them to the activities office. The activities office then distributes them to local churches, such as Christ Fellowship in Palmetto Bay, to give out on Thanksgiving Day.

“I feel that these baskets are helpful to families in the community that do not have enough money,” Band club member Phillip Cruz-Rodriguez said. “I feel beyond rewarded when I do it.”

The clubs at Miami Palmetto High School have been serving the community since the school’s inception back in 1958. This year, the clubs look to do no different, except for maybe give back more.

 “I appreciate all of the kids who contributed, it is for a good cause,” Spanish National Honor Society sponsor, Mrs. Marsee, said. “Many times kids are not very appreciative of what they have and these baskets can change that. When we put good vibes forward, they always return to us. It always does.”

The Panther family hopes to put a smile on the faces of those less fortunate this Thanksgiving.