BY SHERI TRUSTY
Thanks to Project Elf, dozens of children will have toys under the tree this Christmas morning. Through Project Elf, Immaculate Conception students donated gently used toys that were distributed for free to families in need on Saturday, Dec. 2.
Just an hour into the event, toys had already been distributed to delight 130 children on Christmas morning.
“There was no limit. They could take as much as they wanted,” Crawford said. “We opened about ten minutes early, and there were already 15 people waiting in line. It was wonderful to see.”
Project Elf first started with Crawford’s own family, when her children’s “Elf on a Shelf” wrote them a letter saying they had to get rid of toys before they could receive new ones for Christmas. That year, her children donated enough toys to help eight families. Now the school teaches those same lessons of benevolence to the students.
“The kids gain the understanding that Christmas is not about how much you get. Giving is the true meaning of Christmas,” Crawford said.