When most teenagers were still in bed on a Saturday morning a small army of students from the various Catholic High Schools in the metro were hard at work in a warehouse near Eppley Airfield.
It was the final day of Operation Others, a project that has been passed from generation to generation designed to help the less fortunate.
For months the students at the various schools have spearheaded ways to gather donations of canned goods and money to buy other food items to give to families for the holidays.
"Each family depending on how many are in there, will get one to two more boxes of food," explained Shannon Jerram of Mercy High School in an interview with WOWT 6 News. "They're supposed to be able to feed them for two weeks during the Christmas holidays"
With some guidance from school administrators, the project is run by students from start to finish. That includes negotiating with food outlets for lower prices in order to help more people.
The warehouse was filled with boxes that the students moved to the back lot using metal conveyors.
"The volunteers line up in cars that are loaded by students," said Creighton Prep senior Mark Nichting. "The volunteers then take the boxes to the families. and it's a really great experience for the people who are actually delivering the boxes, to see how grateful these people rally are."
And that was my experience as I joined the volunteers in taking food to assigned houses. In every case the gift from Operation Others was received with a thank you and Merry Christmas.
Last year more than 1600 families were blessed with boxes of food including turkeys.
Operation Others, Knicely done!