Students who are part of Eugene Reimer middle school’s Character Crew recently raised almost $1,100 to provide gifts for six disadvantaged teens this Christmas.
The students, who say they think of themselves as “difference makers,” decided they wanted to change Christmas morning for those who are less fortunate and put a big smile on their faces.
They held two fundraisers – a bake sale and a movie mania afternoon – and, under the guidance of their teacher Alisah McPhee, were able to get the wish lists of six teens.
The students said they were surprised to see that a popular item on the lists was pots and pans.
The crew then went shopping and was able to get most of the items on the wish lists. They wrapped the gifts the next day during their lunch hour, and McPhee dropped them off at the end of the day.
“We may not be able to change their circumstance, but we can change their Christmas. We can change their day. We can let them know people care,” wrote students Taylor Gibbons and Vienna Thivierge in a piece about the experience.