For students at Jones Elementary School, having gifts to open on Christmas morning is hard to come by as 98 percent of students are below the poverty line.
Community members and staff have stepped up to make sure every student has a Merry Christmas.
Almost all families at Jones Elementary need help providing gifts to their kids on Christmas, but with so many kids and not enough help, the staff created the angel tree that wasn’t project to make sure every single student gets to open a Christmas gift.
“As a teacher we pour so much into the kids and we want to get them all gifts and do fun activities with them. During the Christmas season and to see the community come together and support the kids just means the world as a teacher,” said Fourth Grade Teacher Ms. Fehr.
Thanks to donations from the community, students like the ones in Ms.Fehr’s fourth grade class get to visit their very own Santa’s workshop to find food packs, a new t-shirt and a special gift just for them.
“The kids. They really, truly appreciate it. It doesn’t matter what they get. I’ve seen kids that have just burst out into smiles and giggles because they got gloves,” said Fehr.
The overwhelming support has made it possible for families to not only know their child will have a Christmas gift, but have food while they’re away from school.
“It’s important that we provide the food for our kids because food insecurity is a real issue for them and sending kids home for two weeks at Christmas time is often a hardship for them because they’re hungry. We wouldn’t be able to do the angel tree that wasn’t project without the involvement of our community,” said Jones Elementary Principal Melissa Fink.
The angel tree that wasn’t project has raised almost 80 percent of its fundraising goal. If you want to help the kids at Jones Elementary you can donate here.