30A brothers host fundraiser for needy families

Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

Through the Christmas Connection, more than 20,000 meals will be distributed during the holiday season. Students started delivering last week. And when it comes to making Christmas morning special for hundreds of children, the project goes beyond donating one toy. Instead, students work with families to buy the gifts children really want, spending $100 on each kid.

And it's not uncommon for students to go above and beyond presents.

"Last year the family I sponsored was sleeping on tile floors, so we donated beds," Tyler said. "Another student donated a washer and dryer to the family they sponsored."

Families from Crestview to Navarre to Santa Rosa Beach benefit from the Christmas Connection. And even though the two schools are football rivals, the program even supports Choctawhatchee students and their families.

Throughout the year, the Leadership Class raises money to fund the Christmas Connection. However, seeing a chance to raise even more, Blane and Tyler took it upon themselves to host a wine tasting at Crush in Seaside . The event will include hors d’oeuvres, live music courtesy of Geoff McBride and a silent auction featuring items such as art, vacations, and items from local shops. You can also purchase raffle tickets to get the chance to win a $100 Crush gift card.

“It’ll be good music and good food,” Blane said.

After years and countless hours of community services through the Leadership Program, Blane and Tyler said they will continue to give back as they enter college. They’ll even continue to help future Leadership students.



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