Every year, on the third Saturday in December, Wreaths Across America volunteers lay Christmas wreaths at the gravesites of over 700,000 veterans throughout the United States to honor their service to our country and remember them during the holiday season.
This marks the 6th year that Spain Park sophomore and soccer athlete, Nicholas Carlisle (pictured above with dad Mark Carlisle), has served as a Wreaths Across America volunteer. Each year he raises money to fund wreaths for veterans’ gravesites at Jefferson Memorial Garden South in Hoover.
This year, Nicholas reached out to friends, family, previous donors, and the community to sponsor wreaths for $15 each. For each $15 donation, Wreaths Across America gave $5 back to the Spain Park Community Hope Chest. The Hope Chest is a fund started by Carlisle to provide school supplies for families in need in the Spain Park community. Spain Park counselors use these funds to purchase toiletries, clothing, backpacks, school supplies, and more and distribute as they see a need.
This year, Nicholas was able to sell 350 wreaths and raise $1,750 for the Spain Park Hope Chest. Thanks to Nich for his impact on not only Spain Park but also on the community of Hoover!