OAKS-- Oaks Elementary School students, staff and families made the holidays a bit brighter for about 90 children in their community when they stuffed stockings and purchased presents for the young people who live in Baptist Children's Services shelters.
The teens who were on the receiving end of the gifts were surprised and thankful for the stockings, which contained game books, candy treats, toothbrushes and tooth paste and other items. They also received gifts of pajamas, journals, stationery and personal grooming items. The young adults, some of whom had never received stockings before, expressed gratitude for the Oaks effort when the gifts were given out by Baptist Children's Services during a holiday celebration.
"Oaks Elementary School supports many projects each year, and our families always go above and beyond what is expected in terms of donations of goods and time," said Principal Mark Moyer. "It feels good to know that despite the economic hardships many of us are facing, we can still make an effort to reach out to those in need."
Baptist Children's Services, known as BCS YES! (Youth Empowered to Succeed), is based in Valley Forge and is a non-profit that offers residential services and educational programs for at-risk youth. For more information visit, www.baptistchildrensservices.org.
Oaks Elementary School is located on Oaks School Drive in Oaks.