Students in the Falcon Homeschool Program wrapped gifts for Santa’s Toy Express Nov. 19 at the FHP building.
The gifts were purchased with money raised for the Dec. 5 event, which helps families with special circumstances.
Principal Jess McAllister reached out to coordinator RJ Berry, asking if there was anything her students could do to help with the even this year. She learned that gifts purchased with donated money needed to be wrapped. McAllister then asked interested students to submit a paragraph describing why they would like to donate their time. Six student’s were chosen based on those descriptions.
Tenth-grader Madison Smith wrote, “Even though I may not have experienced firsthand what these children have in their lives, I have many friends who have gone through similar trials. I have seen how upsetting these difficulties can be, especially for small children, and I want to help in a practical way. It would mean a lot to me to be able to serve these children at Santa’s Toy Express."
Nearly fifty students will enjoy breakfast and visit the local Wal-Mart Dec. 5, where they will select presents for their family using gift cards. The students also receive gifts of their own, including a new jacket.
Each year, the transportation department in District 49 collects donations for the toy express during potlucks. Financial support is also provided from local businesses.