Big Rig Brings Santa to School

ASHFORD, AL - Twas a week before Christmas before school let out.
Someone special was coming. These kids had no doubt.

"It's just fun to see, and the kids love it. When the kids see them coming they know," said Elizabeth West, Ashford Elementary special education teacher.

Oh no. This wasn't a trick
These special students got a visit from Jolly Ol' Saint Nick.
They stood their waving with smiles on their mugs, anxious to give the big guy a hug.

"Truck drivers from Miami and all the way to North Carolina come and bring Santa in on the big rig and they just spread their love," said West.

It was the Walmart Heart program that brought Santa here.
This is the third year he and the trucker elves spread Christmas cheer.

"It's a driver driven voluntary program. none of the drivers here get any pay for being here. It's just something we do out of the heart," said James Blackstone, Walmart truck driver.

Santa read their wish lists and passed out some toys because these kids have been good girls and boys.

"It goes to show you that good things are still happening in schools, and I'm proud to say in our spot in lower Alabama, good things are still happening," said West.

The students didn't get all the gifts. Walmart also gave the teachers a 50 dollar gift card to buy supplies.


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