Gordonsville High School’s 2020 Angel Tree and “Stuff a Backpack” Holiday Programs

November 25, 2020

Gordonsville High School faculty, staff, clubs, and friends are sponsoring the “GHS Angel Tree” drive again this year for the GHS 7th-12th grade student body. ALL current GHS students are eligible, whether virtual or in-person this semester.

This assistance program is designed to help lessen some of the financial burdens and stresses that can occur during the holiday season by providing gifts, non-perishable foods, and toiletry items to those in the GHS family who are in need and have requested assistance.

A parent/guardian simply needs to fill out the confidential request form listed on the website ghsangeltree.weebly.com and someone from GHS will be in touch with them to finalize their request. More detailed information is available on the form. REQUESTS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL NOON ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 7TH.

Each year, the program spends roughly $150 per student on gifts. (This does not include the “Stuff a Backpack” items or the food provided.)

If you would like to make a monetary donation, you can drop off cash or a check made out to GHS (memo: GHS Angel Tree) at the front office during school hours. Please drop off all monetary donations by noon on Monday, December 7th in order to provide the shoppers ample time to buy the gifts!

If you would like to sponsor a child, please email Rene Keeton at meredith.keeton@smithcoedu.net to get an information sheet. The sheet will NOT include any identifying information of the child, but will include things like gender, age, sizes, wants, needs, likes, etc.

All gifts need to be at GHS no later than noon on Monday, December 14th in order to provide enough time to get the gifts sorted and ready for pickup.

However, if you would like to offer your own holiday cheer, Gordonsville High School is currently sponsoring the annual “Stuff a Backpack” Community Outreach program for their students who may need more support this season.

If you would like to donate a “stuffed” backpack (or 2, or 3) GHS would truly appreciate it!

This assistance program is for local businesses, churches, organizations, and others to help provide essential items for our students and their families in need.

Please only put the following exact items on the packing listed in a standard school backpack (preferably not the smaller drawstring bags):

GIRL BACKPACK: 1 regular size bottle of shampoo and conditioner, 1 box of regular tampons & 1 box of regular pads, 1 regular size deodorant, 1 regular size bottle of body wash, 1 regular size bottle of body spray, 1 hairbrush, 1 pack of scrunchies/pony tail holders, 1 regular size tube of toothpaste, 1 soft toothbrush, 2 sticks of Chapstick, 2 pairs of warm socks, 1 beanie/warm scarf, 1 pair of warm gloves, 1 small fleece blanket.

BOY BACKPACK: 1 regular size bottle of shampoo and conditioner, 1 regular size deodorant, 1 regular size bottle of body wash, 1 regular size bottle of body spray, 1 comb, 1 regular size tube of toothpaste, 1 soft toothbrush, 2 sticks of Chapstick, 2 pairs of warm socks, 1 beanie/warm scarf, 1 pair of warm gloves, 1 small fleece blanket.

Items found not to match the packing list will have to be removed and replaced. This ensures everything is equal among recipients.

If you would like to provide more than is listed, that is greatly appreciated, but please put any extra items into an extra backpack/box and turn in to the GHS office. Extra items will be added to the GHS Comfort Closet for future use.

All completed backpacks need to be turned in to the GHS office no later than 3:00pm on Monday, December 14. Backpacks will be sent home with the Angel Tree gifts later that week.

If you would rather donate money, that is appreciated as well. Cash or checks made out to GHS (Memo: Stuff a Backpack) can be dropped off at the GHS front office during school hours at 110 Main Street E., Gordonsville, TN 38563.

For assistance or to answer any questions on the Angel Tree or Stuff a Backpack programs, please call Gordonsville High School at 615-683-8245 or email Rene Keeton, meredith.keeton@smithcoedu.net. You may also visit the website at ghsangeltree.weebly.com.