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Pettisville Student Groups Support Cheer

Mike Lane, Pettisville High School principal, said three Pettisville student groups support Christmas Cheer.

Christmas Cheer, a county wide organization, provides help for needy families throughout the year.

The group is most known for its temporary “store” set up in December in the Junior Fair Building at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. Those in need can shop for items from food and blankets to new toys.

Lane said the PHS chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America helps families with their shopping at the store, including pushing carts and loading items into cars.

FCCLA members also box up leftover items, help tear down shelving and load it onto trucks for storage, and sweep floors during and after the shopping days.

The PHS National Honor Society chapter collects canned food and pasta, which eventually goes onto the shelves of the store.

Lane said the Pettisville FFA spearheads the county Toys for Cheer campaign, in conjunction with other county FFA chapters.

Donations are collected at a Wauseon hardware, then are used to purchase new toys. Donated toys then go to the “Toy Store.”

FFA also donates sales from harvested field products and-or items from the fall sales, and collects donations from FFA alumni.

FFA transports the items NHS collects to the fairgrounds.

Christmas Cheer will be at the Fairgrounds, Monday, Dec. 9-Thursday, Dec. 12. Families who qualified and registered will shop on Wednesday, Dec. 11, and part of the day on Dec. 12.

Cecily Rohrs, director of the organization, said Christmas Cheer traditionally serves around 650 families in need each year.