La Salle has kicked off its annual Christmas Drive to give gifts to children who attend nearby Lot Whitcomb Elementary School.
The high schoolers are learning in their classes a bit about the 85 children they are shopping and wrapping presents for. All along, teachers are encouraging the teens to keep the recipients in their prayers.
In a letter to parents of La Salle students, Director of Service Sarah Maher invited everyone in the Falcon community to participate in the project, which has brought the two schools together for more than 25 years.
"We recognize we are still in the midst of a pandemic and many in our community are struggling financially," she wrote. "Please give what you can; reach out to me if this is a hardship but your student still wants to participate."
Gifts must be delivered or dropped off at La Salle by Dec. 13 so Whitcomb families can receive them before Christmas.
In addition to the gifts the high schoolers are buying the children, Maher said she's looking for donations of a few big-ticket items for some of the children's 37 families. There's a need for a twin bed, pots, pans, silverware, and dishes. Plus, there's a wish for a Barbie Dream House.
"If people have the means to help out with those, they can contact me," she said.
The two schools often partner for projects. Before the pandemic, the older students learned leadership while visiting the younger students. During the pandemic, La Salle and Whitcomb teamed up for a webinar about social justice. All year long, La Salle students and staff are taking turns donating snacks for 85 Whitcomb families.
Maher can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org