CATA students box up food, love, compassion for families in need

Courtesy of Cullman County Schools

CULLMAN, Ala.  – Cullman Area Technology Academy (CATA) Health Science students are taking empty boxes and turning them into an overflowing good deed. The students, from across Cullman County, are already learning what it is like to put others first due to the nature of the field they are preparing to enter.

“(We want) to provide for people who are not exactly able to provide for themselves. We are a helping group,” said Morgan Nail, a Vinemont High School sophomore and second-year CATA Health Science student.

The students are filling empty donated boxes, provided by Cullman company WestRock, with items such as toothpaste, toilet paper and deodorant. The students held a Christmas T-shirt sale fundraiser to be able to purchase the items. In addition, the students and their teachers worked with the Cullman Electric Cooperative (CEC) to secure food donations for the boxes. Brian Lacy with the CEC said the Cooperative held a food drive among its employees, and Thursday that food was delivered to the students. Those students, with help from other students from the Cullman County Child Development Center, unloaded hundreds of pounds of food Thursday and will soon prepare the boxes for distribution.

“We wanted to give what we could offer because I’ve always been taught to give unto others as you would want…” said Jaeden Smith, a freshman at West Point High School and first-year CATA Health Science student. “In a health care facility you always help your patients first; help everyone who needs it first, then you help yourself.”