WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Scooter Scott Project is making Christmas baskets to give to Lexington families in need over the holidays.
The Scooter Scott Project has been around since 2006. The nonprofit is a Christian organization that works with kids in the Lexington community to give them a hand-up.
Joyce Coleman has been a part of the non-profit since 2008. She's currently the volunteer coordinator and public relations representative.
"All these baskets are being put together by students. We're teaching them about organization, about (taking) a role of 'I'm going to coordinate this and make it happen.' The students are very involved," said Coleman.
Students at Airport High School are helping to collect the donations and organize baskets for families in Lexington School District Two.
The baskets will help parents feed their children over the holiday break. Sometimes families have difficulties feeding their children over the break when kids are not able to get their school meals during the week.
Student body president, Katie Kyzer, says it's important to lookout for each other.
"We really look at (Lexington School District Two) as a family and so we don't want our brothers and sisters to worry about where their food is coming from. We don't want our kids to come back to school hungry or anything like that. So we just do this to make sure our friends are okay," said Kyzer.
The Scooter Scott Project has been making the Christmas baskets for the community at least since 2009.
The nonprofit is collecting 200 of each of the following: cans of corn or any vegetables, canned hams, tubes of toothpaste, deodorant, antiperspirant, soap, boxes of pasta, small toys, small useful gift items, bibles, and clothing baskets.
"We also want to know if people are willing to step up and help in their community. We are in the process of getting the baskets together. Once we get them together, we'll have a host of volunteers coming into, collecting those baskets, and taking it to the different locations for the people who need it."
Counselors at Lexington School District Two help identify families the baskets can go to.
Coleman believes it's important for people to look out for everyone in their community.
"It's important for people to learn and want to give back and it's a teaching thing. It's wisdom. It's teaching folks to forget about themselves for a moment and put their energy on someone else who needs them."
If you want to bring donations to the Scooter Scott Project, you can drop them off at their headquarters at 69 Wisconsin Street in West Columbia.