By Chris Parsons/ Staff Writer
As the holiday season is upon us, we’re all challenged in some way or another to do a little extra for the less fortunate.
Whether it’s support a local organization with volunteer work or a donation to a local food bank, there’s always a way to lend a helping hand.
One local high school team, the Corbin Lady Redhounds, took the need a step further and their coach said she feels like the good deed will go a long way for her team, not to mention the fact they are helping a large group with their efforts.
After filling 29 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, Lady Redhounds coach Jennifer Parsons said she was pleased with the way her kids responded to the opportunity to do a little extra for the holidays.
“I think the girls really enjoyed what we did and you could really tell while they were working on the project,” Parsons said. “We sponsored 29 shoeboxes and every girl had a part in filling them with items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, crayons, socks and really a lot of different items.
“We filled them, wrapped them and sent them to Samaritan’s Purse, where they will distribute them,” she added.
As a group, Parsons said this is the second year her team has taken part in the effort and she couldn’t have thought of a better way to build team relationships and moral than something like this.
“This is the second year in a row we have done this and we really enjoy this,” she said. “For my girls to be a part of this and to learn that the meaning of being a team goes beyond just being here in the gym is important, as well as seeing each other differently because of this.
“Myself and our coaching staff wants to teach our kids about more than just basketball because its important to learn about being a good citizen and giving, especially this time of the year,” she added.
While Parsons said she is all business while her team is on the floor, whether it's practice or during a game, she admitted that seeing her team react while taking part in the project was special. She also said that it’s important that her team know how lucky they are at times to be given some of the luxuries in life that they may take for granted on a daily basis.
“Just seeing how excited the girls got while they were doing this made it all worth while for us,” Parsons said. “From deciding whether the box was for a boy or girl to figuring out just what to fill it up with, they really enjoyed doing this.
“It’s also important for our kids to realize how lucky they are and how rough some people may have it this time of year,” she added. “Any time you get a chance to do a public service project like this, its important for the kids to really get the full effect of it and I think our kids really got something valuable from this.”