As the 31 Brownstown Central Middle School Tribal Council members flurried through the aisles of Seymour Walmart, a woman shopping in the store became curious.

She asked one of the group’s advisers, Alicia McCrary, what the students were doing.

McCrary explained it was a part of their annual shopping trip where they use the money from fundraisers and donations to buy toys, clothing and other items for less-fortunate children in the Brownstown school district. The items are combined with canned goods collected by Brownstown Elementary School students and distributed by the Christmas Cheer committee.

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The woman then handed McCrary $20 for the students to put toward their project.

McCrary thanked the woman for her good deed.

“It wasn’t like we asked for it. The kids were just going on about their business, and she totally volunteered,” McCrary said of the donation. “It’s definitely nice to just know that there are good people out there. I feel like we see so much negative attention about what things are going on in the world, but there are still great people in the world.”

This year, the Tribal Council had more than $5,000 to spend on 45 children.

The money was raised through special events this school year, including $600 from a School Spirit Dance and $800 from concessions and ticket sales at three basketball games.

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Zach Spicer is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at or 812-523-7080.