Several Higley Unified School District campuses collected items for families in need this holiday season. From toys to clothing to food, the donations were given to those in need around the Valley.
In the name of holiday spirit and remembering lost loved ones, Williams Field High School’s baseball team collected hundreds of toys and $1,000 over the past month to benefit Hacienda Hospital in Phoenix.
The hospital is for medically fragile children and has a special place in the heart of one WFHS coach in particular.
On May 22, 2013, Coach Brandon Fisher and his wife, Pamela, lost their daughter, Emma, to respiratory complications. Emma was born with cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
Earlier this fall, Fisher suggested the service project to the baseball players stating, “Without these types of events there may be no Christmas for these children” and the players latched onto the idea.
Even more inspiration came from Coach Tim Kott, and his late wife, Mardi, who lost her battle with breast cancer on May 10, 2014.
“Much of our inspiration for this event came from our assistant coaches. Though I didn’t know Emma or Mardi personally, their impact has been felt all around our baseball program. Emma was a warrior, and Mardi embodied the word generosity.” Williams Field High School baseball coach Kraig Leuschner said.
In addition, Cortina Elementary School’s Mrs. Lisa Burke, a sixth-grade literature teacher, organized a service project for 80 students and parents from the school on Dec. 18.
The students put together food packs for needy children around the globe at Feed My Starving Children’s Tempe packing location.
The organization ships the packs to countries around the world where they are distributed by volunteers with partner nonprofit groups.
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