As stores play joyous holiday tunes and families begin decking the halls, people are eager to be kind to others during this inspirational season.
This is true at Forest Lake High School, where student leadership organizations have come together hoping to change the lives of those who need help.
The new group, called Rangers Care, includes members of the Future Farmers of America, National Honor Society, student council, Students Against Drunk Driving, Open Minds and LINK, the high school transition program that welcomes freshmen.
The group will collect food, toys and money to donate to families who otherwise may not have the chance to enjoy themselves this season.
The effort began on Thanksgiving as more than 100 Rangers Care walkers collected over $9,800 through the Walk to End Hunger activity organized by the National Honor Society.
Next up: An Adopt-A-Family drive will run from Dec. 3 to Dec. 14. Students will collect non-perishable food items, toys for children and teens, and money for local families. The food items will be donated to local food shelves and the toys to Santa Anonymous.
Rangers Care will also host a family holiday movie night featuring “Elf” in the senior high auditorium on Sunday, Dec. 15. The movie will be shown twice, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be available free of charge; participants will be asked for donations of money, food, or toys.
Rangers Care will give free popcorn to anyone bringing a new toy to donate at three sporting events: the Thursday, Dec. 12 wrestling meet (7 p.m.), the Friday, Dec. 14 girls’ basketball game (7:15 p.m.), and the Tuesday, Dec. 18 boys’ basketball game (7:15 p.m.).
For more information call FFA advisor Michael Miron at 651-982-8495.