Students at Three Area Schools Collected Gifts For Victims of Hurricane Katrina and Delivered Them For the Holidays - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

12/26/05

Students at Three Area Schools Collected Gifts For Victims of Hurricane Katrina and Delivered Them For the Holidays

Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst natural disasters to hit the United States. But it brought out the best in many, especially from folks right here at home. Students at three area schools collected gifts for victims of the storm, and delivered them just in time for the holidays.

When children at Thunderbolt Elementary, Southwest Elementary, and May Howard started collecting presents earlier this month, they had just one thing on their minds, make sure every child in D'Iberville, Mississippi didn't go without a gift this Christmas. Their project was a success, filling one huge trailer and two pick up trucks. "They were just loaded to the hilt, you could not fit anything else in them," said Teacher, Jill Lepo- Wieniewitz.

Jill Wieniewitz headed up the effort at Thunderbolt Elementary School. She says the students collected more than two thousand toys. Then her husband and others loaded them up and drove them down to children in D'Iberville, one of the cities hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. " It's just total devastation, so anything they receive, I know had to have been really special," said Wieniewitz.

Over 100 boxes filled a staging area, all full of gifts for Katrina's victims. The presents are something they probably wouldn't have gotten this holiday season. Students and teachers said they experienced the true meaning of Christmas. " The season is all about the children, all about expressing your love, caring and compassion for your fellow man. And all these children at three schools had an outpouring of that expression, and they knew it wasn't about them," exclaimed Wieniewitz.

It wasn't about them, but it was about giving, which these students did to children they didn't even know two states away. Giving a new meaning to the words, Merry Christmas. The students also hope to adopt schools in D'Iberville and do more special projects, like send cards for Valentines Day and candy baskets for Easter.

 

Reported by: Melanie A. Ruberti, mruberti@wtoc.com

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