ALEXANDRIA, IN – Christmas is a time for family and friends, but it is also a time to try and give back to the community. “To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success,” once said Henry Ford. The Holiday Season seems to inspire people to help others if they are able, and that is something both the Boy’s and Girl’s Basketball Teams have been doing for the last several years.

“We had planned to help 50 families this year,” said Larry Mercer of the Elks, “but we increased that number to 53 before we finally had to cut it off. The sad thing is that we probably received calls for another 20+ families after that point.” Mercer went on to add that the 53 families include 128 children.

Monday, several members of the boy’s team went to Cox’s Supermarket in order to gather food items and take them to the Elks. While there, the boys helped to begin creating food baskets that will be distributed to families who are down on their luck, or a little less fortunate right now.

“It was a very humbling experience,” said senior captain Jake Fox. “To realize that there are that many families out there having to do without, I am just glad that we were able to do a small part to help makes some lives a little nicer around the holidays.”

On Wednesday, several members of the girl’s team went out to the Elks and spent several hours helping wrap gifts for children who otherwise might not be able to have a great Christmas.

According to girl’s senior captain Peyton Quinn, “It was nice to see the number of girls we had that were able to go out to the Elks and spend some time doing for others. A lot of families do not have very much, and to know that what we did will help put smiles on their faces is a very good feeling.”

“It is hard to believe, but we have been doing this now for 27 years,” Mercer added. “I have been able to be here for every one of them, and I look forward to being here for many more.”