North Atlanta JROTC Top Collector for Empty Stocking Fund 3 consecutive years!

For one important weekend, the JROTC Cadets of North Atlanta had one all-encompassing strategic mission: Helping others.

When the holidays approach, many people turn their thoughts toward charity. But thoughts are one thing – and action is distinctly different. During the weekend of November 4 and 5, more than 120 cadets fanned out to establish a charitable presence at Kroger’s in and around Buckhead. The cadets’ mission was to collect funds for the Empty Stocking Fund, a charity that provides parents and guardians of children living in poverty, an opportunity to give Christmas gifts.

Each year JROTC Cadets collect funds for the charity, this year’s fund-raising goal was met and vastly exceeded. Cadets stationed at more than (11) Kroger’s collected $10,189 from Kroger shoppers.
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North Atlanta JROTC leaders said the annual fund-raising activity does a lot more than teach community service ideals to the Cadets. “It’s also a great way for North Atlanta to have a very visible presence in the community we’re a part of,” said LTC Lynnette Minnick. “We’re a school that’s committed to serving the community we’re a part of an Empty Stocking is about the best way for us to show that.”

On both days cadets got up early to man their stations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. shifts. Working in teams at specific Kroger’s, they stationed themselves in front and asked shoppers for contributions. As earnest appeals were made and money went into their hand-held cans, the cadets collectively saw a vast sum raised. Junior Louis Mintz was a team leader for cadets at both a Kroger on Cobb Parkway and another in Sandy Springs. He said every year he learns a lot about himself and about the nature of people. “There are so many nice people and it’s nice when we get a chance to channel their charity toward something so worthwhile. We’re an amazing school and there’s so much going on here. But this really gets us out there in the community to let people know we have a heart for them.”

The figure that North Atlanta JROTC cadets raise is likely to grow as the members push faculty and staff toward online giving. And as it continues to rise, so, too, does the message go forth: North Atlanta has a mission for service.