MEDFORD, Ore. – A local school is making sure families in need this holiday season have something to smile about.
The Sacred Heart Catholic School’s bus made two stops this morning, filled to the brim with shoe boxes. Students at the school filled the boxes with small toys for children and necessities for adults.
“We saw the list of what we should put in them, and it was like ‘wow, there are really families that really don’t have any of that stuff’ and we never really think of that stuff because we always have that,” said 8th Gradeer Alissa Larson.
The some 200 gift shoe boxes, put together by Sacred Heart Catholic School students, are going to St. Vincent de Paul and the Family Nurturing Center. It’s a lesson the school says resonates with many of the students.
“I think for some, it’s really like ‘wow, what we all have is what a blessing and others don’t have those same blessings,’ they might have asked for an iPod and Wii, and you don’t have them in these boxes, you have small little items,” said Vice Principal Lori Conner.
These boxes will help the up to 300 people Saint Vincent de Paul plans to assist on Christmas Day, bringing happiness not only to the people receiving the gifts, but to the students delivering them.
“It’s the true spirit of Christmas is what it is, you can see the joy on their faces,” said John Hoffman.
“It really just gets the spirit of Christmas back,” Alyssa said, “the spirit of giving, it just makes you feel good inside.”
The school started the Christmas shoe box project in 2009 and has since delivered hundreds of shoe box gifts.