Christmas come true
food, clothing, toys
Express Staff Writer
the Community School and Wood River Middle School united on Dec. 19 in
making Christmas possible for many people who have less than they do.
from Pat Stansberry’s third-grade class load up Bob Doyle’s pickup
truck with toys, food and clothing for less fortunate children. The
project is part of their community service at the Community School. Express
photo by David N. Seelig
Stansberry’s third-graders spent the morning last week at the Community
School loading history teacher Bob Doyle’s truck with food, clothing and
Shafer, a seventh-grade teacher from the Wood River Middle School, oversaw
a group of seventh- and eighth-graders who unloaded the goods at a
warehouse behind Paul’s Market rented by Community Holiday Gift Baskets.
Gillespie, president of the nonprofit Gift Baskets, was at the warehouse,
helping to coordinate volunteers delivering goods and packing gift baskets
in boxes decorated with Christmas wrapping.
she was impressed with the work done by Stansberry’s and Shafer’s
students. Students from the Wood River High School and Hemingway
Elementary were also part of the collection effort.
Emerick, 8, who’s in Stansberry’s class, said she felt good about her
had to earn the money we used to buy toys for the needy," she said.
"I hope they get all the toys and presents they like for
8, also in Stansberry’s class, said his class also did community service
after the Sept. 11 attack.
gave (stuffed toys) and wrote letters to children who lost their
said her class sent toys and letters to 19 families.
is also the community service director for the Community School, said the
school’s third-graders have been collecting food, toys and clothing for
Christmas since 1994.