Rachel B. from the Westridge Ward found a serious problem and decided to do something to fix it.
The problem: A school full of impoverished children. Her solution: Step up to help them.
Here are her words:
Lately I have felt overwhelmed by the amount of sad things happening to children. I have come to the conclusion that instead of being a helpless bystander, it is time to add joy to the lives of children.
Here’s what I’m going to do: give every child at Crawford Elementary School in Aurora, Colorado, a book for Christmas.
Through her church, one of my co-workers has helped establish a food pantry that works exclusively with the school. Crawford has 699 students, 89.7% of which are on the free/reduced lunch program. Many of these kids don’t get enough to eat. Some are homeless.
Why books for Christmas?
Every child should get a book for Christmas.
Rachel got to work. She raised close to $1400 and then went bargain shopping at the Scholastic Book Warehouse Sale. She also collected food items so that the children would not go hungry over Christmas break.
She organized a wrapping party to get the presents wrapped. Then yesterday she took everything to Crawford- along with Santa!- and brought Christmas to almost 700 children who deserved a Christmas miracle.
Buying 700 books at the Scholastic Warehouse Sale
Santa with the volunteers who went to Crawford to distribute the books:
Food items donated for the children:
Thank you, Rachel, for reminding us that we don’t need to wait for a program or a person to serve those around us! We all have the power to step up and change the world in our own sphere of influence.