Local teen inspires school to show it’s better to give than receive

CRITTENDEN COUNTY, KY- The holidays can be a time when families need support the most. Sometimes, that help can come from the people you’d least expect. Acts of kindness can start small, but make a big impact.

It was around this time last year that Maggie Blazina — a student at Crittenden County Middle School — came up with a good idea for the holiday season.

“My friends and I went to Paducah’s Stuff The Truck, and we asked ourselves why couldn’t we do something similar for our community,” Blazina said.

Alongside her friends, she helped collect and load items that went to children in need. Inspired by her experience and knowing there were kids in need in her community, she wanted to act.

“We decided to get things for boys and girls our age that would need some stuff for Christmas,” Blazina said.

Last year, the school collected 3,000 items. This year, they’re hoping to collect even more.

The school will use shopping carts to collect a variety of items for teens. At the end of the campaign, they’ll load the donations onto a school bus and drop them off at a distribution center.

As the students look forward to their second holiday stuff the bus event, Principal Thomas Radivonyk said it’s important not to discount kids’ potential.

“I’ve grown to know that you can never underestimate what kids will come up with, and most of the time it’s more inventive and better than anything that we would ever come up with,” Radivonyk.

Through all of their efforts, Maggie said it’s important to take care of others.

“If we’re fortunate enough for people to help us, in return, I think we should return the favor and do stuff for them,” Blazina said.


Crittenden County Middle School’s “Stuff The Bus” Event:

Continues through Dec. 11: Donations can be brought any day through the 11th and placed in a shopping cart in the lobbies of Crittenden County Middle School and Crittenden County High School.

Dec. 12th: From 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., a large school bus will be parked in the school’s parking lot, where 4-H members will help people dropping off donations.

Non-food items you can donate:

  • Personal care items
  • Lotions
  • Ear buds
  • Caps
  • Toboggans
  • Perfume
  • Makeup
  • Athletic crew socks
  • Clothes
  • Other small items for teens


For more on Stuff the Truck in Paducah, going on Dec. 5 and 6, click here.

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