We're so proud of Spirit of Community award winner, Jorja Boller. She started her project — Gifts for Grands — at Good Samaritan Society – Beatrice.
Watch the video to see Jorja explain her project.
Jorja Boller, 10, of Beatrice, Nebraska, a fifth-grader at Stoddard Elementary School, created a charity that distributes gift bags to residents of several retirement homes every year at Christmastime. Jorja has been volunteering at Good Samaritan Society – Beatrice since she was 5 years old, and still spends 12-20 hours a month there.
Several years ago, she wanted to make sure one of the residents received a Christmas gift, so she set up a lemonade stand to raise money. But as Christmas drew closer, Jorja decided she couldn’t just do this for one resident; she had to give presents to everyone at the nursing home.
“There are many people who don’t get visited often,” she explained. “It can be very lonely.” Her desire, she said, is to “make sure that at Christmastime no one is left out.”
The video below shows Jorja receiving her award at the statewide ceremony.
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