NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) - A group of New Albany High School students stayed busy this week wrapping what might be the only Christmas gifts some of their fellow classmates receive.
This is called Operation Warm Heart and it provides items to needy children in New Albany from age six months to 18 years old.
Teacher Mary Beth Muncie said, "This is our tenth year to adopt children and is part of our character education program. Every year we adopt 24 to 37 children from various organizations in the community. We try to take in their overflow."
From child number one to child number 37 this year, students, teachers and staff members at the school collect items that range from toys to the basic human essentials.
Student Abby Spencer said, "I like being able to see it all happen. I know a lot of kids get Christmas and might not if not because of us and the school coming together to help."
Student Emily Gafford said, "I really enjoy it because it doesn't take a lot. You don't have to go out of your way. Doing something so small is really a big deal to someone else."
The teacher says it's her goal to make that caring and giving attitude among students stretch beyond just the Christmas season.
Muncie said, "Just to see the joy in their eyes when they bring presents to school and their giving to other people means a lot."
The teacher says that's a lesson only learned by taking action like these young people here are doing.