PARMA, OH (WOIO) - The holidays will be a lot brighter this year, thanks to some Parma teenagers who are giving back in a big way.
Cleveland 19 cameras were recently at the ‘Coin Wars’ competition at Padua Franciscan High School. It’s part of the annual ‘Christmas For Others’ campaign, the largest student-run fundraiser in Northeast Ohio.
“It’s really cool because a lot of the money comes from ourselves, so we really feel like we’re making the contribution here because it is coming from us,” said Padua senior Erica Thein.
Everyone brings coins and cash in a friendly competition between classes and the staff.
This year, they raised over $12,000 in less than 20 minutes. The school raises another $15-$20,000 with a spaghetti dinner and other fundraisers.
“It really does transform our students, not just here now, but as they leave from us and go on to be adults and help teach other people what it is to be generous and care for others,” said Padua Principal David Stec.
“Padua is all about giving back to the community and I think you can tell just from the atmosphere and the attitude of the students that we love to give, and we always love to give more than receive,” said Padua senior Dominic Roschival.
This year’s donations will be distributed to dozens of local non-profits at the 'Christmas For Others" mass and ceremony on Friday, Dec. 21.