DARLINGTON, S.C. – Darlington High School (DHS) is preparing once again to step out into the community and help more than 100 elderly citizens in need for the Christmas holiday. The school’s Annual Old People’s Christmas service event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
A tradition that began 37 years ago, Old People’s Christmas brings students, faculty and staff together to fundraise, collect food and important household items, sort those items and deliver packages to community members identified as being in need. Each year, dozens of volunteers show up at the school early on a weekend morning to put in the hard work.
The event’s named may sound quirky, but it is an endearing reminder of the event’s founding nearly four decades ago. A DHS teacher identified an elderly person in the community who needed help during the holidays, and so began Old People’s Christmas.
Organizers purchase most of the items distributed during Old People’s Christmas, which is why fundraising is so important. The school is still asking for donations, small or large. Items that will be purchased include food, soap, toothpaste and laundry detergent, among others. DHS students and employees, as well as community members, also donate to the cause.
On Saturday, Dec. 10, the volunteers will arrive at the DHS gymnasium around 9:30 a.m. to begin sorting items into bags. The next phase requires adult volunteers, who will load the bags into vehicles for delivery. A caravan of vehicles departs the high school shortly thereafter to travel around the county delivering the items.
For more information about Old People’s Christmas, please contact the Darlington County School District’s Office of Communications at 843-398-2284.