Tradition of Helping
Every year Juarez-Lincoln High School students collect, organize, wrap and deliver gifts for those in their communities. The effort brings together multiple groups, clubs, organizations and departments to brighten the holiday season for countless people.
The work begins well before the big day. Families are selected and then information has to be gathered; gender, age, shoe and clothing size. Once the family profile is complete, it’s time to get them sponsored.
“We have to help match sponsors to families, remind the clubs and organizations that they can help out,” said Yomelin Sanchez, a Junior at Juarez-Lincoln and Student Council Historian.
When the day finally arrives and the gifts are loaded onto buses, 8 this year, and their journey continues as gifts make their way to their destinations. As the busses weave through neighborhoods preparing to make the first stops, the tension and excitement builds, emotions are in no short supply.
While the effort is district wide, it has a special place in the hearts of many at Juarez-Lincoln
“It feels good because you’re helping people who are not as fortunate as others. There was one house that had two families living together, there was about 15 kids. We couldn’t even get in because they were so excited,” said Laura Leal, a junior at Juarez-Lincoln and a Student Council member.
After some time to breathe and a warm welcome, the families living together got their gifts, just one example out of many.
“Once we did get the presents to them, it was just a great feeling, everyone was smiling and happy,” adds Leal.
“All students and staff involved put a lot of live into this huge gift-giving event. It is a privilege to be able to give to our community and definitely a humbling experience,” said Maribel Vigil, Student Council Sponsor.
“It is heartwarming, seeing all these people so surprised makes you want to do even more for your community during your years in high school and after,” said Sanchez