Gem State Students Help Six Families Have a Merry Christmas
It was Christmas 1972 when the student association first invited more than 20 disadvantaged children to a special Christmas party. The party became an instant tradition. Now, 35 years later, more than 1,000 children have been "adopted" by Gem State Adventist Academy (GSAA) students.
This year's association officers discovered Ray Blue, retired math teacher, organized the first children's party. They invited Blue to the party and honored him for starting this tradition and for the legacy of selfless service he began.
During Christmas 2007, GSAA students adopted 20 children from six families. Students pooled their money to shop for special gifts and then wrapped them up to make Christmas dreams come true.