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Spencer students spread Christmas cheer

SPENCER (WAOW) --  125 gift boxes and numerous Christmas carols later, Spencer's Future Farmers of America called this years Project Merry Christmas a success.

"It's a yearly tradition," Senior Aaron Zimmerman said.

The project began over 20 years ago.  It started as a way to help local families have a Christmas dinner.  Now, students deliver Christmas gift boxes to local seniors, and not to mention a bit of Christmas cheer.

"We love to give back and we love to show the younger generation really does care about the older generation," Macie Wienke, a Senior at Spencer High School said.

Partnered with the FFA and Spencer school organizations, the gift boxes are filled entirely through donations.

"We are trying to establish a tie between today's young people and senior citizens," Mark Zimmerman, Spencer FFA advisor said.

For Erland and Joan Schweke, it is a tradition they look forward to.

"We really appreciate it. It is a really nice thing the kids do," Erland Schweke said.

 The Schweke's have been opening their door to Project Merry Christmas for 11 years.  And their favorite part? The Christmas carols.

"Sometimes it doesn't always go as they plan..but it's kind of neat," Erland said with a laugh.

"We're all hear having fun, who cares if you sound bad," Wienke told her group as they headed towards the next house.

And as the students send the sound of jingle bells ringing though the air, they know with each note they are positively impacting the community they grew up in.

"You did something meaningful today. You made someone feel great," Wienke said.

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