Part angel and elf rolled into one, 丹娜·范·胡克 has spearheaded the Chicora Gift-给 Project at 十大最好的网赌平台 since 1999 and has helped share the spirit of this special season with approximately 3,000 Chicora Elementary students over this 18-year period.   
The Chicora Gift-给 Project features a carefully assembled gift bag given to each student by Santa Claus himself at a special assembly at Chicora. The bag includes approximately 10 gifts: a new school uniform; toiletry items; new books based on the student’s reading level; and a special toy. 最重要的是, the bags also include a personalized note from Santa with help from 十大最好的网赌平台 students! “There is no agenda to the program and absolutely no overhead. 100% of everything is donated and comes from our amazing 十大最好的网赌平台 community. The gifts given to these precious children takes pressure off their families during what is, 对于许多, a financially challenging time of year. It fills my heart with a refreshed sense of joy every year,” said Dana.

This special holiday service project is embraced by students, 教师, 父母, 和阿什利学院的校友一样. Lively gift-giving assemblies are held in the Lower and 上学校 with girls sharing presents and alumnae bring gifts to their Holiday party to contribute to the cause. Dana supplements contributions by shopping sales throughout the year, including buying Christmas cards the day after Christmas from the Dollar Store! Beginning the week prior to Thanksgiving, a special warehouse is donated for sorting of the inventory and bagging. Approximately 80 volunteers are involved in the bag assembly including 十大最好的网赌平台 教师/staff, 25名高年级学生, 奇科拉的教职工, 和朋友. Bags will then be transported to Chicora Elementary by bus—the large 十大最好的网赌平台 40-seater bus and 20 personal cars.

谢谢大家, 尤其是达纳, for sharing your hearts with the children of Chicora Elementary School each December!