Students Help Kids in Need For Christmas

POSTED: Friday, December 11, 2009 - 8:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:25pm

It's an unfortunate fact of Christmas. Many children face the holiday with no toys. Some high school students are trying to stop that from happening.

"I like helping people out and I like bettering the community," said El Dorado Highschool senior Alex Quezada. She and dozens of other students are taking part in a three-day toy drive. The goal: to provide toys for almost 2,000 kids who otherwise wouldn't have the kind of Christmas that everyone deserves. "Just by giving a simple gift, it changes someone's life for Christmas or it makes it better," Quezada explained.

The so-called Angel program has been going on for seven years. Six-hundred families will be better off this Christmas. As many as 20% of the toys are coming from El Dorado High School.

"Having the kid involved is the best thing yet because what it does for us, it starts a new generation and they start thinking about giving at Christmas, because that's what Christmas is all about," said Salvation Army representative John Martin. Martin said that this year, the Angel program helped every family who requested it. Surprising, says Martin, considering that donations are down and the need is high.

Quezada says she's felt like she's always had everything she needs for the holidays and that's one reason she wants to give back. "Even if it's just one present that they've gotten, I know that I've done my part in making their life better," said Quezada.

She says knowing that she's helped someone, means she'll have a better Christmas too.

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