If you visit the Eleva-Strum Intermediate School during the month of December, you would feel the excitement of something special going on. Boxes of presents were tucked into side hallways and office, bags of food and personal care products lined the main hallways, turkeys are in the freezers, and a tree with specially marked hearts sit in the front of the building. All of this excitement is for needy families in our school district.
There are many families in our community who would appreciate a little help during this joyful time of year. The generosity of our community is spectacular and more than ever your need your help again this. Last year we had 27 families receive gifts and food donations.
How this all Works
Our own, Debbie Wright, has been the ring leader of this organization since the beginning, in 1998. Debbie sends home a letter with the kids at Eleva asking if their families need help and if they choose to be a part of ‘Christmas From the Heart’, they fill out a “wish list” of items they would like to receive for Christmas. Each gift that someone asks for is written on a heart and placed on the giving tree, located near the Eleva office. If you so choose, you can go to the school to pick a few hearts off the tree and purchase, wrap and deliver them to Debbie before Christmas.
*New This Year*
Please come to the office at the Eleva- Strum Intermediate School to fill out a needs list. You will be given a private area to fill out the application.
*Please submit your name only if your family will not be receiving from other agencies. Last year families had to be turned down and some were receiving gifts from other places. To prevent this from happening, we will be working with the Trempealeau County Sheriffs Department, Eau Claire county Sheriffs Department, and Lutheran Social Services.
A Deeper Meaning
On the surface, ‘Christmas From The Heart’ seems to be about giving and receiving, but when you dig a little deeper one realizes that it is much, much more. Students donate their time after school to wrap presents, organize food baskets, or even do some shopping. This program brings the whole community together and creates a special mood around the school.
Donations can be mailed to:
Christmas From The Heart
Eleva- Strum Intermediate School
26237 W. Mondovi Road
Eleva, WI 54738