Students, teachers donate items for holidays

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Kimberly Edmunds, center, Carson Berage, bottom, and fellow classmates organize toy donations for "Giving Instead of Receiving.” Jennifer Richard's fourth-graders at Riverside Elementary School participated in the effort.

MATTHEW BROWN | News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 03:07 PM.

CRESTVIEW — North Okaloosa County schools coordinated efforts to ensure lower income residents have happy holidays.

Crestview High School's leadership program members raised more than $2,000 to buy food and gifts for three families.

"Last year, we had so much stuff that we had to take more than one truck to each house," senior Gabrielle Thomas, 17, said. "This year, I’m hoping that we have that much, if not more."

Students said the program reminds them of their blessings.

"It definitely makes me feel that I appreciate everything I have been able to receive," Jess Fisher, 17, said. "This is my first year ever doing this and it makes me want to do this after I graduate."

"You can take pride in yourself for helping someone else in need and hopefully making an impact on their life," Ashley Guthrie, 16, said.

Additionally, the high school collected shampoo, body lotion, body wash, deodorant and socks for Emerald Coast Hospice.

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