With Christmas just days away, children around the world are anxiously awaiting to see what gifts have been delivered by Santa or purchased by mom and dad.
Students in Lisa Hunter’s fifth grade class at Early Elementary are like the aforementioned, but they are also living the adage, “it is better to give than receive.”
Hunter said the idea to help someone in need was born after a story her class read.
“We read a true story about fifth graders,” Hunter said. “The story was about helping others. My class wanted to do something to help others - like what they read in the story.”
After discussion, the students made the decision to purchased gifts for children at a local shelter.
“They felt that the most beneficial thing to do would be to purchase gifts for other children instead of exchanging gifts with one another,” Hunter said.
Student Hunter Plaster agreed with his teacher.
“There are a bunch of kids that don’t ever get a Christmas and I think that they should,” Plaster said. “Everyone should be able to belong. My class getting to do this means we are going to give Christmas to some other people.”
With gifts stacked high on tables in Hunter’s classroom, Brayden Towell commented on the spiritual aspect of the holiday.
“It is a lot of fun to be able to help other kids. People who never get to have a Christmas might not ever learn about Jesus Christ.”
There seemed to be a consensus of agreement among the students regarding the importance of this project, Hunter said.
“As one student said, ‘We have everything we need. We need to give to those who don’t have enough.’”
Kaitlin Sheedy agreed with her classmates.
“It is always going to be a better thing to give than not to give. There are kids that need stuff more than we do.”
Danielle Kramer said she has enjoyed the feeling of being able to give.
“It is really good. This feels better than receiving. Instead of spending money on ourselves, we get to spend it on other people.”
Recognizing that Christmas is a time for giving, Caden Judkins said he wants to be different from those who do not lend a hand during the holidays.
“I think it is important because we get to help other kids. It is the nice thing to do and there are some people who never want to help other people and that is not right.”
Rachel Smithson said she enjoys wrapping gifts, but also feels sympathy for those in need.
“The needy kids don’t have presents and some don’t have parents and that is sad,” she said. “It feels really good to be able to wrap presents for other people.”
Hunter said after word got out about the project her class was undertaking, others at the school began assisting.
“It is wonderful. Several of the teachers donated not just toys, but money for the cause.”