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In a district-wide effort and with the help of the North Lamar Children’s Fund, 80 families were given food and turkeys for the holidays; 128 children will have new coats for the cold winter months, and 68 youngsters will have a new bicycle or tricycle under their tree.
“Thank you is not enough!” said NLISD Nurse Carla Spann in an email to thank all who contributed. “Many of you donated canned goods, turkeys, made monetary donations, and/or adopted angels. Others assembled bicycles, helped sort and deliver food, prepared food baskets, and helped distribute the gifts to the families. We could not have the Angel tree if it were not from the tremendous support from our North Lamar family and the administration!”
Groups that helped make this year’s Christmas Angels a success are the NLHS Ag and FFA Departments, AVID students, AEP students, BETA, NLHS Band, Stone Student Council, and Stone Cheerleaders. North Lamar students and families donated canned good items with Parker Elementary providing over 3000 canned goods alone.
The North Lamar Children’s Fund was established in the early 1970’s by former NLISD nurse Theresa Emerson to help students in the district who were in need of shoes, clothes, medication, eye exams, glasses, and other personal needs. One time relying solely on donations from churches, PTO groups, memorials, and individuals, it now relies on contributions from North Lamar personnel, generous donors, and proceeds from the annual Skip, Jump and Run event held in the spring.