Families at James A. Garfield School 31 got a special boost on Wednesday, Dec. 13, thanks to the generosity of others. The school was able to provide holiday assistance to 57 families including 178 children age 18 and under.
Families came to the school Wednesday evening to “shop” for gifts for their children. They each received at least one large present per child, stocking stuffers, board games, a home item, wrapping paper and food. While parents shopped, the children were able to experience holiday fun in the gym, including cookie decorating, craft making and a visit from Santa aka Principal Ryan Smith.
“This was the most heartfelt evening I’ve ever been a part of,” said Principal Smith. “To see the parents cry tears of joy brought home how much they appreciated the assistance.”
Ms. Whaley, the school’s social worker, helped organize the event.
“I’ve never felt so much love and holiday cheer in my life,” said one parent to Principal Smith as he carried her bag of gifts to her car.
School 31’s holiday assistance wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the following community partners: Community Church of Greenwood, Immanuel United Church of Christ, Lincoln Center, Omnisite, Union 525, Center for Diagnostic Imaging, private donors and school staff.