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Hudson -- Students at various grade levels worked together this December to create gift baskets to make the season merrier for senior citizens in town.
In the past, students prepared fruit and food baskets for seniors citizens at Thanksgiving. This is the first year for the gift baskets in December, said Penny Tschantz, Hudson Middle School secretary. The baskets included candy, hand towels, playing cards, soap, clips and teas.
Hudson High School students in Suzy Hirsch's family and consumer sciences class baked chocolate fudge, peppermint fudge, gingerbread biscotti, spritz cookies, wreath cookies, saltine toffee and heath bar brownies for the baskets.
McDowell Elementary School students, with help from occupational therapist Carol Conway, made ornaments for the baskets.
The members of Hudson Middle School leadership 4KIDS/student council program packed the 35 baskets with candy, the ornaments and gifts purchased with money from fundraisers.
The 4KIDS program is for students who want to learn leadership skills, said advisor and choir director Melanie Sipusic.
Students at Hudson High School in the service learning class distributed the baskets Dec. 20.
"We work with Hudson Community Service Association," said Julie Schultz, the school district social worker, who oversees the program. "We work together at the holidays helping families and senior citizens who have a financial need."
Thanksgiving sharing programs are communitywide efforts by churches, community groups, and school staff and students to provide food, groceries and gift cards, along with small gifts.
At Christmas time, churches have a giving tree or adopt a family, but the baskets for senior citizens are a new idea, Shultz said.
"This year we wanted to involve students in the different schools," she said. "The seniors love to see them when they drop the baskets off."