Students Donate Christmas Gifts

Some Wichita Falls High School students are working to make Christmas a little more special for children in Texoma.  The group of students are donating gifts to the Salvation Army for Christmas, and it's a project they did all on their own.

It was a recent class lesson and discussion on poverty that prompted the project, a project that their teacher says was lead by the students.

"We had a lot of conversations in that type of a situation and children who grow up in that type of situation, and I think it really hit home with a lot of my students that they have a lot to be thankful for," says their teacher Shera Rasmussen.

Over 100 sophomores at Old High decided to ban together and donate from their own pockets money that would help buy Christmas gifts for children in their community.

Rasmussen says, "Each class adopted two children, one boy and one girl."

Taking names from the Salvation Army's angel tree, the kids set out to buy each child exactly what was on their wish list.  And the kids all say it was a rewarding experience.

"It makes me feel good because I can share what I have with people who don't have as much as I do," says Austin Devault, a student that helped with the project.

"I hope that it really makes their Christmas a lot brighter because I know a lot of families are less fortunate than us here at school," says another student, Haley Steflik.

Over $300 were raised by the students, and gifts were purchased for twelve children.  Their teacher says she hopes this experience will stick with her students and send the message that you are never too young to make a difference.

"It kind of did make them appreciate more what they have, but they were all very humbled by the experience.  Just because they are young doesn't mean they can't do something that's on a larger scale, something like this buying presents for twelve kids out of there own money so its pretty impressive," says Rasmussen.

Taelor Rian, Newschannel 6.