Christmas Came Early For Nearly 900 W.F. Students

Santa came early this year for kids at a couple of Wichita Falls elementary schools.

The University Kiwanis club of Wichita Falls delivered hundreds of presents this morning to children in need.

Newschannel 6 Lindsey Rogers was there as they ripped open the wrapping.

Toothbrushes and toothpaste, shoes and socks, are not typical things you'd find under the tree.

But, these kids couldn't be happier to unwrap them.

"I like my shoes and socks, they look cool. I got a book and some candy in the bag," Landon Grabert said.

He along with all the other students were also handed a silver dollar, something many of them had never seen

"Put it in my piggy bank and wait until I can buy some stuff," Grabert said.

With all the students here at Sam Houston and Alamo Elementary about 900 students will receive gift bags today.

"A lot of these kids this is their Christmas. There's lots of sad stories, either they live in their car or they move from apartment to apartment. The children are last down the list, University Kiwanis President Elect Jackye Hatley said.

This is the second year University Kiwanis has donated shoes for schools and already the number of children served has doubled.

The nearly 60 member organization raised $13,000 for this project all to help kids in our community who are in need.

"If you look close around the community, there are some people really in need. This community is fantastic about taking care of these needs," Judge Woody Gossom said.

While the basics are necessities, the Kiwanis members say it's about much more than that.

"This is the time for family and giving of feelings toward someone. That means so much. Just a hug. Santa needs hugs and little kids show we care for each other," Judge Gossom said.

All the money to purchase the items for shoes for schools was raised at this year's pancake festival. Next year's big day is on January 29th at the JS Bridwell center from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Lindsey Rogers, Newschannel 6