Small World Angel Program Spreads Holiday Cheer

by MEGHAN CONE | Dec 04, 2012
Frisco ISD schools and families have opened their hearts – and their wallets – to make the holidays bright for less fortunate children in our community.

Small World Angel Program Benefits Needy Families

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Frisco ISD schools and families have opened their hearts – and their wallets – to make the holidays bright for less fortunate children in our community.

The annual Small World Angel Program benefits approximately 1,600 needy FISD students and their siblings. 

In recent weeks, campuses accepted clothes, toys, bikes and other donations to fulfill the “needs” and “wishes” of participating angels.

Doug Owens was part of the volunteer crew who picked up donations at each school. Each year, his employer, Southwest International Freight, donates large trucks and trailers for collecting and storing the items.

“They told me to be prepared to stack bags,” Owens said. “I didn’t know that we would stack to the roof.”

One by one, students carried large black bags full of donations to waiting trucks.

“It means a lot to me. I’m glad to be a part of this and do something for families,” added Jerry Gaime, also of Southwest International Freight. “When you tell a kid thank you and they say, no thank you, that’s a very moving experience.”

At Rogers Elementary, Student Council members helped organize and sort donations, making sure all the gifts were correct.  

"It teaches students about community and helps them to appreciate what they have," said Rogers Counselor Amanda Walker. "Something small can make a big difference in someone's life."

The program relies on the support of numerous student groups and volunteer organizations. The hard work will pay off December 15, when families pick up the donated items.

“You close your eyes and picture Christmas morning for a five or six year old without us and then you close your eyes and picture Christmas morning for a five or six year old with us,” said Small World Board Member Jim White. “That’s the difference. It’s all about the kids.”

Counselors at each school help identify potential angels and interested families participate in an application and interview process.

Donors and volunteers do the rest - working together to ensure every child has a joyful and memorable holiday season.

“It shows just how generous our community is,” said FISD Community Outreach Liaison Audie Adkins. “Frisco ISD takes care of our own.”

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