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MEDFORD, Ore. — “Will Santa find me?” Those four words brought thousands of dollars of response this Christmas season in Medford.
Medford School Board Chair Cynthia Wright says a woman who volunteers with the district fielded that question from a young student. She says the boy lives with his mother at On Track, an addiction recovery center, in its women’s facility.
Volunteer Savannah Fox learned that there were 19 children living with the women there.
"She had been looking for a Christmas giving experience for her family and this seemed perfect," Wright said. "She decided to call On Track and find out what the situation would be there for Christmas."
According to Wright, Fox was told that the 19 children would be limited to a stocking, and the 24 women would be getting a pair of pajamas.
"That seemed like a bigger project than her family could handle so Savannah decided to ask for help."
When Fox asked her church congregation to donate, she gathered $2,000 from more than 80 people across the country. Toys for Tots responded with two gifts for each child, and 25 women at On Track also received Christmas gifts to be delivered on Christmas eve.
Wright says 50 people gathered to wrap donated toys and clothes on Monday. Fox and her helpers planned to make the delivery on Tuesday morning.