BREC Interact Club brightens holidays at Eckerd Living Center

The Blue Ridge Early College Interact Club visited the Eckerd Living Center in Highlands shortly before Christmas as part of Santas for Seniors, a project aimed at spreading holiday cheer at a Christmas party for Eckerd residents.

“For the past four years we have adopted residents at the Eckerd Living Center,” said Club Sponsor and BREC English Teacher Kristy McCall. “We obtain a wish list and do our very best to fulfill it. In addition, we volunteer at the annual Christmas party serving drinks and passing out gifts with Santa and Mrs. Claus. We are only able to do this through generous donations from the Rotary Club, local businesses, and community members.”

BREC Interact Club members, and Santa and Mrs. Clause at Eckerd Living Center’s Christmas party.

The Interact Club is a Rotary-sponsored service club that helps young people develop leadership skills and discover the importance of service above self.

McCall said students choose projects of interest that positively impact the community and tend to have a soft spot for children, animals, and the elderly.

“The Interact Club seeks service projects that impact the local community as well as global projects,” she said. “We have been involved with a variety of projects from building a ramp for a student who had a brain tumor to the annual Easter egg hunt at the Village Green.”

Club Member Gracie Watson passes out gifts at Eckerd Living Center.

BREC Interact Club has eight members and is always looking to inspire others to join.

The next project on the agenda will likely be stuffing and hiding the eggs for the Easter egg hunt at The Village Green.

The stack of gifts BREC Interact Club brought to the Eckerd Living Center through donations from the Cashiers Rotary Club, local businesses, and community members.

Article by Brian O’Shea
Photos by Kristy McCall
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