USA & Canada
Month 3. December 2010. Embracing the Spirit of the Season.
The Holiday Season inspired us with stories of giving & sharing that will touch your heart....
Bishop Amat High School cheerleaders of LaPuente, CA, are grateful for the lives and abilities they have. Their coach Katie Marquez, "Coach K", works with the team to instill in the girls a humble and thankful heart. In November, the team participated in Operation Christmas Child through Samaritans Purse. They packed shoeboxes with simple gifts to send to children in need around the world. These shoeboxes may be the only gift these children receive this Christmas. Then on December 12th, they traveled to Fountain Valley to "cheer" at the Southern California Special Olympics Fall Games! The girls cheered for the softball events, and the athletes were thrilled the girls were there! It was touching, because the athletes were so excited that they treated the girls like celebrities! One boy even told one of their sophomores that "She was the most beautiful girl in the world." Very sweet!
And Amat does so much more! In 2011 they will participate in a service project with Catalina's Gift, a non profit organization that provides stregnth and support to the parents/caretakers of newly diagnosed children with cancer. Catalina's Gift was developed by an Alumni songleader's family after their 2 year old daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia. Catalina's provides meals to parents, gas cards, and a food delivery service. One of their current team members has Multiple Sclerosis, and they will be supporting her as a team at the MS Walk in April held at the Rose Bowl. And in May, they plan to either participate in the Revlon Run/Walk or the MADD Walk (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). The team continues to amaze us! They also send home made cards to the troops and elderly during the holidays and to those suffering a loss in their community. It truly is much more than cheerleading. It's cheering, caring and sharing, with a humble heart. Be cheerfully blessed Amat! You inspire us all!!
Cheer Xplosion Allstars is a small gym with a BIG HEART in Denver, NC. Their gym has roughly 60 athletes ranging in age from 3-18. This year they shared the spirit of the holidays by running a canned food drive and adopted four children from impoverished circumstances. When it was all said and done each child had at least two new shirts, two pair of pants, a coat, some shoes and toys! The canned food they collected was donated to local Christian ministries, and they were extremely grateful! Along with the help of coaches and parents, these girls did a wonderful job! They also sent a very special wish to everyone in the Cheer World and Cheer for a Cause… “We want to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season from Cheer Xplosion Allstars!” And... you’re going to love the video (above) of Kayla and Savannah...!
This is the second year Northeast Jones Varsity Cheerleaders (shown in the picture above and to the left) of Laurel, MS, chose to sponsor several children from their nearby elementary school instead of buying Christmas gifts for one another. The girls (and their mascot) take the money they would normally spend on one another and put it toward purchasing gifts for children. Their coach, Lisa Bolivar, works with the elementary guidance counselor who provides her with a wish list for several needy children. The cheerleaders divide into groups to purchase gifts. At their annual Christmas party, the girls bring paper and wrap the gifts! The coach and elementary school counselor coordinate the switch. This story touches our heart, because the gifts are then given by the parents and caregivers directly to their children. What a beautiful way to share the giving spirit of Christmas!
Following tradition established last year, the Celina Middle School Cheerleaders of Texas are out to prove that school spirit can be achieved not only within the school, but in the community too! This awesome group of girls chose Children’s Medical Center as their cause, and they worked hard to accomplish their goals. Earlier in the year, the girls organized a “gently-used book drive”. All classes, 6th through 8th, were challenged to bring as many children’s books to school that they could find. The girls set a goal of 500 books, but the student body would not be held back! They worked together and by the end of the week, Celina Middle School had collected 1,012 books! All of these books will go to Children’s Medical Hospital to stock their library with new titles for children while they are in the hospital during Christmas season and throughout the year.
In the Spirit of Cheerleading, these girls wanted to do more for the children who were hospital bound during the holidays! In October, they held a contest to see which cheerleader could raise the most money to purchase Christmas toys for children and their brothers and sisters who would be in Children’s Medical Center during the holidays. Celina's cheerleaders worked hard - and with a lot of heart - to make Christmas a little better for these children and their families. These amazing girls mobilized the entire student body - challenging themselves again to see which cheerleader could raise the most in between their classes! They fundraised from a Monday-Thursday, and during lunch too, in the hope of achieving their goal of $160. The student body embraced their initiative and by Thursday $416 was raised! The team was simply awestruck at the wonderful unity in giving of the students at CMS!
Books and toys were delivered to Children's Medical Center on December 18th. The cheerleaders and students of Celina Middle School have proven that school spirit and goodwill towards others cannot be contained within the school walls, but must always filter into the community!
Dinuba Cheer & Company's squad of Panthers from Dinuba, California, is a traveling dance team of 22 kids from all surrounding areas! Coach and founder Emilia Beltran shared, "They have been very blessed with support from their community." These kids and their parents were so excited to hear their story would be shared on our Cheer for a Cause site! You can see the enthusiasm in their photo! The kids and their parents happily signed up to support and participate in "Selma Cares" with The Central Emergency Physicians (CEP) in Selma, California. They helped distribute food boxes, toys, Christmas decorations, gift wrapping supplies, along with health bags with hand sanitizers and digital thermometers - for 750 families! Each and every one was blessed by the Christmas spirit through giving back to the communiites surrounding Dinuba. "Our lives change as we change the lives of others."
Idaho's Wood River High School Cheerleaders spent their weekend shopping for over 700 children in collaboration with the Sawtooth Board of Realtors' Community Holiday Baskets. Click here to read the article. This year they also raised money for cancer research with their Cheer for a Cure Campaign and donated over 14 hours of service to local organizaitons during their "Wolverine Give Back in November" initiative! Way to go ladies!