COTTONWOOD, Ala. (WTVY) -- It's the season of giving, but Cottonwood High School wants all of its students to receive gifts this holiday season.
Second grader Luke Ewing has been collecting Christmas gifts for less fortunate kids at his school. (Source: WTVY)
To make this happen the school relies on help from community organizations.
We always try to fill in the gaps for our families who may not have everything they might need for Christmas. We talk to so many agencies that do try to help us out but the need is great,” says school counselor Kala Hamilton.
Just in time for Christmas, the school received a big gift from a second-grader who already understands the real reason for the season.
Seven-year-old Luke Ewing knows that giving is more important, he's helping his school ensure every student wakes up to gifts on Christmas.
“I bought all of these toys for kids that doesn't have anything for them to have a great Christmas,” says Ewing.
All year, Luke and his mother collected toys for students of all ages at his school.
“I got baby toys, teenager toys, and some baby clothes and baby-sized shoes,” says Ewing.
“He has infant toys boy toys girls toys even have clothes for teenagers,” says Hamilton.
The second-grader saved his money, bargained shopped, and used coupons to get as many gifts for as many kids as possible.
“I really wanted everyone to have a great Christmas like I had a great Christmas when I was a little kid,” says Ewing.
Next week, Luke’s donations will be dispersed among 32 families the school has identified as in need this holiday.
“Luke has amazingly so many toys to our boys and girls and they're going to be able to come here and the parents will be able to fill stockings up with toys just for their kids so they can be happy on Christmas morning,” says Hamilton.
For Luke, giving is what Christmas is all about.
“The spirit of giving really creates a whole other climate at our school and it warms our hearts. He has really showed me the true meaning of Christmas,” says Hamilton.
The students will collect donations from Luke’s stash of gifts next week along with those from other organizations.