Rainy weather may have dampened outdoor activities Saturday, but it didn’t stop Loudon High School’s HOSA from holding its spring carnival to help children in need.
The HOSA-Future Health Professionals group worked to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The initial plan was to hold the fundraiser at Riverside Park in Loudon, but inclement weather forced Faith Thompson, LHS HOSA president, and others to make the move to My Father’s House in Lenoir City.
“We tried to get it close to the day as possible because it’s supposed to rain, but we already kind of booked the outdoor stuff,” Thompson said.
From noon-4 p.m., visitors could jump in the bounce house, play carnival games, meet first responders, get their face painted and purchase raffle tickets.
“We’re just trying to help them out as much as possible because I get that it’s a hard thing to kind of go through, any kid’s going through. Any little bit helps,” Thompson said.
A final amount raised could not be determined by News-Herald presstime.
Thompson said the carnival was new for students, but it wasn’t the first time HOSA helped raise money for charitable causes. In the past money has gone to March of Dimes and the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
“A lot of clubs in Loudon do a lot of fundraising for themselves, but with HOSA it’s different,” Emerson Tripp, LHS junior and HOSA treasurer, said. “We raise money for different organizations, this one’s for St. Jude’s. We’ve done Pennies for Patients, Socktober.
“Basically what we do through HOSA is we build other organizations through HOSA,” he added. “So we fund raise for others so that — I think Pennies for Patients it’s like every $100 is a surgery. So if we fund raise $100 it’s a surgery for a kid who needs it. We’re grateful for what we have and so we want to give back and raise money for others.”
A carnival was a way to get the community involved to create better awareness for the small group of 30 students, Tripp said.
“A lot of our stuff we do through school, so a carnival like this it’s helping us reach out to others and see what we’re doing as well as to donate if they want and just participate,” he said. “It’s really just getting the community a part of this is what we’re doing.”
Thompson didn’t care how much was raised as long as it helped make lives for families in a need a little easier.
“My main goal is just to help St. Jude’s,” she said.
For more information on HOSA, visit www.hosa.org.