PHARR – In an effort to spread joy this holiday season, a group of Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA) students at Raul Yzaguirre Middle School donated approximately 30 handmade scarves to elderly residents at the San Juan Nursing Home (SJNH) on Friday, Dec. 11 at 9 a.m.
The SJNH is a faith-based nonprofit organization that ministers and cares for elderly and disabled individuals. As part of the Helping Hands Knitting Club, the group of 25 students each donated a scarf to a resident at the nursing home.
According to Sahara Hedrick, a Spanish teacher and sponsor of the student organization, the students were happy to light up the holidays for the elderly residents.
“I was speechless,” said Hedrick of their donation. “It was very rewarding to see them smile. You could see it in their faces that they felt loved.”
For Priscilla Luevano, a 7th grade student, she was glad to participate and give back to her community during this Christmas season.
“I felt very emotional and happy to be doing this for them,” said Luevano. “It’s awesome that something small makes someone smile. You don’t have to go all out, just make something from your heart.”
In addition to donating scarves to the elderly next year, Hedrick said the club plans to knit beanies for kids with cancer. According to the teacher, the donations serve as a meaningful experience for her students.
“I am proud of each of my students for donating their time,” shared Hedrick with a smile. “More than a lesson of knitting, this was a lesson of giving.”