Shenango Spreads Holiday Cheer
by Kassidy Cutchall, Ariana Nye, and Karyssa Robertson
Youth for Christ, under the direction of Mr. Mularksi, is ready to spread Christmas cheer. The club recently completed its Operation Christmas Child service project.
“Operation Christmas Child gives gifts to over nine million children every year, so we are a small part of that. [Their ministry reaches] over a hundred countries all around the world, and gives a gift to kids who normally wouldn’t get one,” Mularski said.
Along with OCC, the YFC club does many other events to spread joy and faith. Sophia Bupp, a senior who has been in YFC for three years, said, “I am looking forward to hopefully doing more activities together. We haven’t been able to do much with Covid.”
Sophia’s hopes are likely to come true as the club actively meets. Josh Bruce, President of the YFC, said, “We have meetings every Tuesday for the rest of the year and we’re planning to do prayer service and community outreach projects during this school year.” Josh’s sister Riley Bruce is also in YFC. “We are looking to have some fun things planned for the new year. We are also getting T-shirts.”
One event that already occurred was the annual See You at the Pole. Senior Emily Esposito was instrumental in leading this gathering where students and faculty prayed for the school year ahead. Pastor Bupp also offered a blessing for the school year.
Junior Oliva Hooks joined YFC this year. “I believe YFC is an important club at Shenango because the students can be the light in such a dark world, and become role models to others,” she stressed. “I also believe the power of prayer is important before we start our day so we can pray for those who have hard times, don’t have many friends to associate with, and especially to give them peace of mind throughout a busy school day. I joined YFC because it impacts others a great deal if they aren’t familiar with Christ, and will help me grow deeper into my faith!”