APPLE SPRINGS, TX (KTRE)
Christmas will come early for some families in Apple Springs, all thanks to their local elementary school.
Students from Apple Springs Elementary teamed up with Brookshire Brothers to raise money to pay for Christmas dinners that would go to the less fortunate in their community.
Each grade had a contest to see who could raise the most money in coins. The catch was that the other grades could “dollar bomb” each other, meaning they would add in dollar bills that would subtract from their coin amount. This allowed the students to raise even more money, with the amounts from the coins and the bills.
The school's population of around 90 students was able to raise $500. Brookshire Brothers matched that amount, bringing the grand total to $1000.
The entire school went to Brookshire Brothers Thursday to see the all of the Christmas dinners that their fundraising purchased. Apple Springs Elementary teachers said they felt it was important for the kids to see first-hand what kind of impact they were making on their community.
“It feels really good to know that other people are going to go to bed feeling satisfied instead of feeling hungry,” said Kacie Northcutt, an Apple Springs Elementary sixth-grader.
The students were also treated to a special visit from Santa Claus himself, who thanked the children for their hard work and good will in giving to the less fortunate.
Santa will join East Texas Emergency Corps in delivering those dinners tomorrow night just in time for the holidays next week.?