OSWEGO – The students, staff and home and school organization of Kingsford Park School pulled together again this year, with gifts of several generous donors, to provide a happy holiday for more than 40 families in need, as part of the annual Kingsford Park Holiday Giving Project.
Fifth grade students, under the guidance of their teachers; Jessica Burridge and Kelly Moxley held a spell-a-thon to raise funds there were then used to purchase toys for students who needed assistance last holiday year.
Wal-Mart provided buses for the shopping field trip.
Students selected gifts within their budgets and made the transactions themselves. Parent volunteers helped to guide the students in their decisions.
Entergy Corporation gifted grant monies to the Holiday Giving Project to help provide underwear, warm clothing for all children and food for the families involved.
Amy Sanders and the James A. FitzPatrick NNP Engineering Department (and friends) adopted families and provided a tremendous Christmas for those in need of help last year.
Kathy Brasser, representing the generosity of Novelis Corporation, helped to provide all the children with warm socks this holiday season.
The KPS Home and School Association, led by Cory Brosch, sought food and health product donations to create plentiful food boxes and turkeys for each family.
KPS Student Council, under the guidance of Kelly Waite and Taylor Castaldo, held a bountiful food drive at school to supplement the boxes as well as a Socktober to collect personal care items and fun socks. Thank you to all the KPS families who donated.
We would like to warmly thank others who so generously made donations, both monetary and in kind.
Among these are; the generous parents and Staff at Kingsford Park School, past and present, Elks Ladies’ Auxiliary, Journey of Faith United Methodist Church Women’s Evening Torch, The Children’s Board, Mrs. B. Geiger, People Against Poverty/Newman Center, Peter Orphanos with the Exelon Group, Compass Credit Union, The Ladies at the Hibernians, The Oswego Ed Center, Carrie Penoyer with Oswego Rotary Club, Paul’s Big M, Lions Club and incredible donors who remain anonymous.
It truly takes a community to raise a child.
The Oswego community certainly came through last holiday season, to help keep the magic in Christmas for many children.