At least 120 students from J.B. Pennington High School and and Blountsville Elementary School have been helped and an additional 100 children sponsored with toys and clothes by Blountsville United Methodist Church and various community angels.
According to guidance counselor Carol Hays, it’s been like Grand Central Station in her office, as needs and gifts have been matched for a total of 220 students in the area. The Student Government Association and school faculty also provided leadership in the effort, she said.
Each year, the Blountsville community comes together for an annual community Thanksgiving service. This year, enough money was collected to help 26 students. But community groups and individuals just kept sponsoring children and contributing monies to assist as many as possible.
Participating churches included Fowler Springs Baptist Church, Blountsville Church of God, Blountsville United Methodist Church, Restoration Assembly of God, Blountsville First Baptist Church, Mulberry Baptist Church, Mountain Grove Baptist Church, Mount Tabor Baptist Church, Summit Presbyterian Church, Warrior Creek Baptist Church, Pleasant View Baptist Church, and Salem Primitive Baptist Church.
In addition, other groups such as the Lions Club, Covered Bridge Car Club, and Blountsville Fire and Rescue, along with many individuals have helped meet the needs of children. Blountsville Town Hall and Blountsville Library each had angel trees to allow the community to pitch in.
“It makes a big difference when your community cares about students,” said J.B. Penningon principal Phillip Cleveland.
Blountsville Elementary School principal Shannon Lakey agreed. “It’s awesome that the community responded this way,” she said.