Lady Jim Ned Junior High Basketball Team Spreads Christmas Cheer

Usually after getting home from school, these 7th and 8th grade girls go home and do homework or hang out with friends. Wednesday was a little different, Wednesday evening the Lady Jim Ned Indians Junior High Basketball Team spread some Christmas cheer around several nursing homes in Abilene.

"Well the girls were very adamant. They wanted to come sing and Christmas carols and what better place to do it than at nursing homes with the older people," said Coach Chelsea Sims.

After listening to them, one might second guess, but they aren't the middle school choir. They're the junior high girls basketball team who went on a caroling spree to four different Abilene nursing homes.

"Well I like seeing older people smile and stuff because we're going to become that old and I just like to see them smile," said 8th grader Sydney Tompkins.

The residents really appreciated them stopping by, "I think it's great and I think it's wonderful that young people will take the time to do that," said Georgie DuBusk, a resident at Chisolm Place.

The girls loved doing it, "I really like doing this, I like to see the people smile and bring them joy," said Adriana Saling, a 7th grader on the team.

The coaches had talked about it for a while, but the girls only had one day to practice, Coach Sims says she's especially proud.

All it takes is a little thought and a little time to spread some holiday cheer, you never know what you could be doing for someone who may have had a tough day.

The team has also been collecting donations to buy presents for children at the Noah Project, if you'd like to hang out or help out, they'll be at the Abilene Walmart on Southwest Drive at 5:30pm Thursday to shop. It is their responsibility to shop for the teenagers.


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