This event is dear to my heart
I’m in Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow and I’m working with a third-grade teacher here, so this event is very close and dear to my heart. A lot of these of these kids don’t have Christmas presents so this is their only Christmas present. We spent $4,000 at Target this year, and we got all of them a big Christmas present, a smaller present and they get a bag with food in it.
We’re also here to interact with the students. I know one student whose dad is in jail and she didn’t talk to her mom all weekend. So, we’re here to talk to the kids and give hugs. Last year, a student came crying to Mrs. Spruill because she hadn’t said thank you to Santa, so she took her to say thank you to him. She told Santa: I thought you hated me because you don’t come to my house. It’s moments like that that really show us that we’re here for a reason.