TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — Christmas has arrived early at Tupelo High School.
That's where a truck was loaded Thursday with gifts destined for a local Chick-fil-A restaurant providing Christmas gifts to senior citizens.
High school art teacher Patricia Parker launched this effort.
Also in the works has been fundraising for the Salvation Army Angel Tree program.
Teacher Anna Garner expanded the fundraiser to include all students and teachers interested in giving to children in need.
"So many times, the older people get left out at Christmas, and it just meant a lot to me, and that's where my heart was. So I told my students about it, and they were all fired up, and this is what we've done," teacher Patricia Parker said.
"It's nice to buy something for them and let them know that they are thought about and not left out," student Tashiana Faulkner said.
"Students at Tupelo High School who are willing to give of their time and their money and do this for the children who would not have Christmas otherwise means a lot," Salvation Army Director of Social Services Susan Gilbert said.