Berkeley Wraps 1,600 Gifts for Those in Need this Holiday Season
On December 4, more than 1,600 members of the Berkeley Preparatory School community came together to wrap gifts and write letters of holiday wishes to those less fortunate in our community. That means more than 1,600 children at Redlands Christian Migrant Association, the Head Start Programs at Jackson Springs, McCloud, and Town and Country Commons, and the Willis Peters Exceptional Center will have at least one gift under the tree this holiday season. Children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation will receive the hundreds of letters, well wishes and cards courtesy of the Berkeley students representing grades Pre-K through 12.
This is the ninth year in a row where all 1,340 students and 250 faculty and staff have come together to celebrate the spirit of giving by helping those in need. Every faculty and staff member and student purchased a gift to donate to the selected non-profit agencies in the Tampa Bay area. Classrooms throughout the school’s Lower Division served as Santa’s workshops for the students, faculty and staff. The mood was festive with holiday music and the smell of cookies in the air. Afterwards, all the gifts were delivered to a central location in the Doyle Technology Commons and were separated by parent volunteers based on age and gender.
Many of the gifts will be delivered to RCMA by a group of volunteer students and parents from Berkeley on December 15 as part of the Center’s annual holiday celebration.