Helping America's Most Vulnerable

Action Team brings music, fun and food to Margaret Chase Smith House

Brunswick High School reaches out to seniors in Augusta

Brunswick High School filled a bus with students and drove to Augusta on December 2 to provide holiday cheer to residents of Volunteers of America's senior housing program, the Margaret Chase Smith House in Augusta. Fifteen members of the B.H.S. Action Team, led by Rita Maines, brought food and games. The B.H.S. Chorus, comprised of twenty singers and led by Ashley Albert, brought lyrics to share with all.

While some students sat with seniors and played games and enjoyed a trivia contest, others worked in the kitchen to prepare a generous hot meal. The community room at the Margaret Chase Smith House had rarely contained so much energy and activity as the meal was served and the Christmas carols resounded.

The residents enjoyed every minute of it. Carmen Dyer commented: "What a fun time. I love teens. They interacted very good and laughed with us a lot. I'm thankful for this great team and teachers. What a great asset to the communities." Another resident wrote: "Praises to all of you who participated in our gathering at MC Smith House. I had such a great time and enjoyed the camaraderie among young and older!! Games, music, laughter and yummy food brightened the place 10-fold. Thanks and come again."

The Brunswick High School Action Team has visited four Volunteers of America senior housing programs. Their presence brings out the fun loving side of those welcoming them to their home and we consider their outreach an invaluable gift.