Keepsake ornaments, a way to remember

The Shenandoah class of 2021 is selling keepsake Christmas ornaments in memory of their classmate who passed away in 2013.

The money raised from this fundraiser will go to the Isaac Gibson Memorial Scholarship. Gibson had Leukemia and died from complications in September 2013.

The scholarship was started in 2014 by Rosie Stark and will be given to the class of 2021, in which Gibson would have graduated.

Stark said she wanted to do something to remember Gibson, and this was a way to help Gibson’s classmates heal and cope with his death.

“He was the coolest kid,” said Stark. “He had a great little spirit.”

The ornaments are in the shape of a heart and can be purchased for $10. The purchase includes a gold ribbon that will be placed on a Christmas tree in memory of somebody who has passed. The ribbons with ‘loved ones’ names on them will be displayed at the Everly Brothers House on Sheridan Avenue.

Stark said people who have purchased one keepsake ornament with the memory ribbon that will be displayed on the Christmas tree, may purchase additional gold ribbons for $5 to be displayed on the tree.

Stark said they plan to read the names on the bows during the Night the Lights Come on Nov. 30 in downtown Shenandoah.

They will sell the ornaments as long as they receive orders, but their goal is to have the majority sold by Nov. 28, Stark said. The goal is to sell 200 ornaments.

Stark said all of the sales will go toward the scholarship thanks to a donation.

“We had a wonderful donation at the start, where they purchased all of the ornaments,” said Stark.

To purchase an ornament and have a memory ribbon displayed on the Christmas tree, contact Stark at (402) 639-9290 or call Heather Weiss, Shenandoah High School Guidance Counselor at (712) 246-4727.

Stark said members of the class of 2021 are able to sell the ornaments.

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