High school students in Virginia Beach pack thousands of lunches to hand out to homeless people this Thanksgiving

High school students in Virginia Beach pack thousands of lunches to hand out to homeless people this Thanksgiving

High school students in Virginia Beach pack thousands of lunches to hand out to homeless people this Thanksgiving.
High school students in Virginia Beach pack thousands of lunches to hand out to homeless people this Thanksgiving. Courtesy of Union Mission Facebook

Virginia Beach – known for its brilliant weather and southern charm – there’s also a high school there that’s being praised for its recent act of kindness.

On the outside, Cox High School in Virginia Beach looks like any other high school you would see. But look inside, and you’ll find hundreds of students working together to help the less fortunate this holiday season.

On a recent Friday afternoon, students organized an assembly line to pack bagged lunches that they donated to Union Mission – a nonprofit serving homeless and less fortunate community members.

High school students in Virginia Beach pack thousands of lunches to hand out to homeless people this Thanksgiving.
High school students in Virginia Beach pack thousands of lunches to hand out to homeless people this Thanksgiving. Courtesy of Union Mission Facebook

The annual #lunchbag event grows bigger each November. Last year, students packed 1,500 lunch bags, and this year’s goal was to pack 1,700 lunches in about 30 minutes, 13 News Now reported.

“It’s amazing how we can have so many people from Cox High School come after school on a Friday to make as many bagged lunches for those who are less fortunate. I just find it amazing that a school is so close like that,” said Junior Organizer Gresham Wall.

High school students in Virginia Beach pack thousands of lunches to hand out to homeless people this Thanksgiving.
High school students in Virginia Beach pack thousands of lunches to hand out to homeless people this Thanksgiving. Courtesy of Union Mission Facebook

The lunches include a healthy snack, a turkey sandwich, a bag of chips and a motivational handwritten note by the students – making it a healthy meal with an uplifting message.

“The notes are just like a motivational saying, just something positive that goes into it for those people who don’t have everything that can just read it while eating their sandwich, and they can feel motivated and inspired,” said Gresham Wall.

High school students in Virginia Beach pack thousands of lunches to hand out to homeless people this Thanksgiving.
High school students in Virginia Beach pack thousands of lunches to hand out to homeless people this Thanksgiving. Courtesy of Union Mission Facebook

With what you would call organized chaos, the students have perfected the assembly lines as they work against the clock to meet their goal.
And after just 30 minutes, they far exceeded their goal and finished the afternoon with nearly 2,100 packed lunches.

“Now we’re packing up our cars – we have students cars and our parents’ cars – we’re gonna pack it up and take it to Union Mission,” said student organizer Savannah Gibson.

High school students in Virginia Beach pack thousands of lunches to hand out to homeless people this Thanksgiving.
High school students in Virginia Beach pack thousands of lunches to hand out to homeless people this Thanksgiving. Courtesy of Union Mission Facebook

All of the food was donated by local businesses and organizations or by the students and teachers themselves.

Thank you to the students for taking the time to do something so kind. The holidays can be the toughest time of year for homeless and less fortunate people.

The gift of a healthy meal and an uplifting message is great and all, but perhaps the most important gift these folks will be receiving this holiday season, is the gift of human kindness. And that’s Majic!


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