Assabet students organize holiday gift drive

Above: Assabet students work on the database that will track recipients and gifts for the Aztec Wishes gift drive

Assabet is once again sponsoring its Aztec Wishes holiday gift drive. You can help by fulfilling a child’s wish list, or by donating gift cards, cash, or other items. Read on for more information.

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School is organizing their annual Aztec Wishes holiday gift drive which benefits the children and their families served by the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) in Marlborough. Last year the school’s staff and students adopted over 150 children in need of a brighter holiday season. This year the students are again reaching out to the public to help expand the number of families they can help.

Individuals or organizations are urged to help make local children’s wishes come true by either “adopting” a child or a family for the holidays and providing them with gifts and/or grocery gift cards, or by making donations to the program for the students to use for the wish lists. “Some of these children and their families have so little and yet their wish lists are very modest,” says Kathy Barber, Assabet instructor. “They often ask for only a shirt and a small toy. It makes you want to buy even more for them!”

“Despite the downturn in the economy over the past few years, people have continued to be generous and there has never been a child’s wish list that went unadopted. In addition to adopting a child’s wish list, people can also donate new toys or warm clothing. Grocery store and gas gift cards would make great additions to every gift basket going out to these local families,” Barber said.

Aztec Wishes was first organized by retired Business Technology teacher, Judith McKinstry. The Business Technology students are hoping to surpass last year’s numbers, and look forward to putting smiles on a lot of faces this holiday season.

To participate, please contact Barber at (508) 485-9430 x1233. The deadline for toys and clothing is December 10th, but cash donations must be at the school by December 3rd to allow the ‘Business Tech elves’ time to shop to fill any gaps.

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