by Paola Fernandez and Yoryely Gutierrez
For the past 21 years, Cathedral City High School has participated in the Adopt-A-Family program. During that time, they have helped over 900 families. What started as an act of kindness for our community back in 1991, has become tradition for CCHS and the Associated Student Body.
Steve Stoebe, ASB Director, encourages not just students but everyone in the valley to be generous this Christmas and donate presents to families in need. Its good for us to do what we can to help the less fortunate, even if we need help ourselves, said Stoebe.This program is one of the best Ive ever been involved in.
Stoebe told us the story of one of his favorite memories working with Adopt-A-Family. Eight to ten years ago, Stoebe encountered a unfortunate, yet memorable situation. While delivering to the last family of the day, Stoebe and the Adopt-A-Family team pulled up to what appeared to be a wealthy familys home. I thought, We somehow made a mistake. We collected items for a family who didnt really need it said Stoebe. Not being completely sure if this was a mistake or not, Stoebe walked to the familys door and was greeted by a woman who lead him into their garage where the family they were delivering for lived. I knew right then not judge a book by its cover, said Stoebe, I feel like I was meant to see that.
ASB students, as well as participating homerooms at CCHS, are making their best effort to collect as many items as they can in order to help these families. All the food and presents collected will be delivered Dec. 13 personally by homeroom representatives to these families with the help of Home Depot employees