Lakeview Student Council bringing Christmas spirit to kids less fortunate

Kayla Bellow, Staff writer

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Friends of Foster Kids is a non-profit organization founded in Macomb County in 2008. They provide a “Christmas” for foster children in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties, who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect and placed in temporary housing or shelters.

   This year, Lakeview’s Student Council decided to partake in this wonderful cause. Student Council advisors, Stephanie Givinsky and Natalie. Bowen, and executive board president, Mary Holton, ‘20 are some of the people who helped make this adoption possible.

   Givinsky found the organization through a former Lakeview high school teacher. Mrs. Zimmerman, who now works at the middle school, sponsored a child with her family and posted it on Facebook. When Givinisky saw this, she thought it was an amazing cause and that it would be a great thing for Lakeview to participate in.

   Lakeview chose to adopt two kids this year in hopes of bringing them a wonderful Christmas.

   Givinsky stated, “We ended up only being able to adopt two kids and we chose older kids.”

   She also added , “When I called the organization to see what kind of need there still was, I was informed that older kids don’t get picked as often as younger kids. This is because it costs more money and some believe it is not as cute to buy Air Jordans or Beats for a 16 year old, but those are the kinds of things teens want.”

   Student Council members donated various items based on the foster kids’ wish lists. Some teachers and adults stepped in and bought bigger and more expensive gifts that were not donated.

   Bowen said, “I felt compelled to help out someone who is far less fortunate than I am. I can’t imagine what it is like to be a foster child and not have parents or a family. I thought since I am a fortunate person, that I should help out somebody that doesn’t have what I have.

   She added, “These kids didn’t ask for very much. But one of the things they did ask for was a boxing set and I thought that if I could spend a little money and be a little generous this time of year, that it would be worth every penny.”

   Christmas is a time of love. Giving back to those who need it. 

   Holton stated, “I love this cause and I will definitely do this again. I want to adopt a wishlist of my own when I graduate. I think it is important to give back to those who are less fortunate during the holiday season and bring smiles to their faces.” 

   Being able to bring a smile to a child’s face on Christmas morning is a Wonderful thing and everyone should do a little something to make someone’s Christmas a little better.