Cottonwood third grader gives others a merry Christmas

Luke Ewing has provided thousands of gifts for others
Published: Dec. 1, 2020 at 7:41 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -Santa’s little helper is hard at work at Cottonwood school.

One 8-year old who’s making a difference this holiday season.

Luke Ewing is using his past to make a better future.

Kala Hamilton, School Counselor at Cottonwood High School said, “He’s eight years old and he has donated all of these toys to our students.”

Luke Ewing said, “Because one time I was taken away from my family and I saw the kids toys and they were broke and the good toys was locked in the storage shed.”

Hamilton said, “He went through a rough patch in his life where he didn’t have the best Christmas and he didn’t want any other boys and girls to experience that.”

It’s hard to put into perspective the thousands of gifts in this library so that no child wakes up Christmas morning without something under their tree.

Ewing said, “I do not want other kids to have that feeling cause I experienced it.”

What started as Luke giving away his own toys in first grade has grown into something much much greater.

“Me and my mom worked very very hard to get all this stuff,” Ewing said.

By couponing, penny shopping and saving up his allowance luke is, “a Santa helper.”

When asked what his favorite part of Christmas is, Ewing said, “Probably the gift of giving.”

Giving parents the opportunity to come in and pick out what they are going to give their kids for Christmas.

Hamilton said, “And it’s a lot of parents who are down on their luck of course you know Covid has hit us very hard, this is a helping hand to a lot of families.”

There’s something for everyone, Ewing said, “If it’s a boy or a girl I just want them to have something for Christmas.”

Hamilton said, “Luke even provided wrapping paper and bow for the presents to be under the Christmas tree.”

Giving back to his classmates.

" I think its special,” Ewing said.

Starting tomorrow parents in the Cottonwood school district will be able to shop for their kids for Christmas… whatever is left over will be donated to Toys for Tots.

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