Christmas and gifts go hand-in-hand for most children, but some local families are forced to go without. Thanks to the giving hearts at Lambert High School and Change4Georgia, however, dozens of children can enjoy the holidays with the rest of their peers.
Change 4 Georgia partners with the Lambert High School football team to bring hundreds of presents to the families and activity center at the Rainbow Village homeless shelter in Duluth.
This is the third time that they have held a toy collection drive for Rainbow Village, which was headed by Change4Georgia members and Lambert High School juniors Drew Dockter and Abbie Kenney. Last year, they donated mostly sports equipment, but this year, the students went out of their way to fulfill Christmas wishes of toys, computers, and a projector and screen.
“For the kids, knowing that it’s other students from other areas coming to give back to them means so much more to them than just a bunch of parents donating money,” Kenney said. “Seeing students come and bring them gifts, and then hanging out with the kids just means a lot to them,” said Dockter.