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Santa gets assist from Bull Dogs basketball

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Sawyer Glick thought a moment about the question, whether he thinks on Christmas morning about families that are less fortunate than his own.

“Not as much as I should,” said the Columbus North senior.

Glick will be able to smile this Christmas, knowing that he and a group of basketball-playing, fellow students put aside time to buy presents for a family that didn’t have the resources to provide presents for its children.

The North basketball program participates in the Adopt-a-Family program, which supports families in distress during the holiday season. This Christmas, the North basketball team was asked to help a family of a father and three children. Parents of the North players were given a list of items that would be appreciated.

After the parents raised $540 for the family, several of the program’s basketball players went shopping to find presents they hope will turn into the perfect gift.

Besides making a Christmas brighter for a family, the program has helped the students understand that there is a responsibility to help people in need. “It makes you feel lucky,” said North freshman Sean Dasovich. “You think, ‘Wow. This could be me.’”

Kooper Glick, Sawyer’s younger brother who is a sophomore, agreed. “You get to realize what you have and what others don’t have,” he said. “I feel blessed.”

Dasovich joined with a group of teammates who went shopping for a 1-year-old boy. “It’s actually a lot more difficult than it sounds,” he said. “We had a description what the toy should be like, but I didn’t know where to look. We were looking in areas for older kids. We were in the regular toy section. We had to go to the baby section. It was fun, but it was a little frustrating. Everything we kept finding was for 3-years-old or older.”

Sawyer Glick and his group shopped for a 2-year-old boy. “Our list said ‘anything that makes noise and lights up,’” Glick said. “We just got something that we thought we would like if we were 2.”

They are confident they got it right. “It’s good to know that we are helping a family that could have gotten up on Christmas morning and didn’t have anything,” Sawyer Glick said.

After the gifts were purchased, the boys wrapped the presents. “It didn’t look pretty, but we did wrap it,” Sawyer Glick said.

The boys won’t ever know the family that benefited from their generosity. Family Services delivers the gifts for confidentiality. “We’re helping out a family,” Sawyer Glick said. “It doesn’t matter who it is.”

“Some kids won’t have parents around,” said North junior Evan Henry. “I’m definitely fortunate.

“But on Christmas, I will think of the image of them opening up presents and being surprised.”

Dasovich said he will participate in the program all four of his high school years. “I think, ‘I just made these kids’ day.’”

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