Local students team up with Hopeful Holidays to bring Christmas

Local students team up with Hopeful Holidays to bring Christmas cheer to senior homes

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Senior homes in Lubbock will get a special Christmas delivery thanks to local elementary schools. 

Students at Westwind, Idalou, and O'donell elementary schools teamed up with a Lubbock-based nonprofit, Hopeful Holidays, to make Christmas cards for people in the homes. 

Hopeful Holidays typically delivers blankets and other comfort items on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Its founder, Bailey DeKoning saw one resident light up at a handmade card, which sparked the idea to add cards to all deliveries. 

"It lights up a smile on their face. They're extremely receptive to those gifts," DeKoning said. 

At Westwind, the entire fourth grade joined in. Every student wrote and decorated a card. 

One fourth grader, Macee Obenhaus, said giving gifts is just as rewarding as receiving them. 

"It makes me feel good because we give to other people and it makes them feel good too," Obenhaus said. 

One of Westwind's reading teachers, Shawna Prestridge, told FOX34 that partnering with Hopeful Holidays for volunteer work helps inspire kids to be caring citizens.

"Christmas, kinda like in The Grinch, is not bought in the store. It's about that magic and the unconditional love of Christ and the unconditional love that we can show each other to make the world a better place even if it's just for a season, or one day, or maybe a whole year," Prestridge said. 

In total, local students made hundreds of cards. They'll be delivered on Christmas morning.

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