For two weeks, Western Michigan Christian High School students raised funds to purchase gifts and food as they support the families who have experienced setbacks. Through Project Grace, students have a history of raising between $6,000 and $12,000, said WMC Principal Pastor Samuel Greer.
As Man Ho, an international student living in Grand Haven, wrapped gifts, Ho said she was excited to participate for a second year.
“These are gifts from God to give to them,” she said.
Project Grace dates back to around 2000.
It started as a competition between two classes before it was opened to the entire school, said Spanish teacher Dick Brook.
Once funds are raised, students and staff shop for food and items on the families’ lists. Brook said they’ve received comments from fellow shoppers and some have also donated toward their efforts.
Senior Josie Aardema said the shopping is fun because they know their efforts will benefit families.
Today, the class who raised the most money will deliver the gifts and food to the families.
Aardema, a Grand Haven resident, will be among the students delivering gifts today.
Aardema, who has delivered gifts previously, said it’s a touching experience as they meet and pray with the families.
Project Grace provides excitement for students involved, as well as the families being supported, Greer said.
Some of the families were uncertain about what the holiday season would bring and have lost hope in regards to the holidays, Greer said.
Through Project Grace, Greer said they’re the “hand and feet of Jesus.”
“The kids are ambassadors of hope,” he said.