Fifteen years ago, Carol Kline was a resident of Mountain View community in the South Valley who wanted to help out the low-income elementary school which is down the street from New Mexico’s largest homeless shelter, Joy Junction.
Roughly 14 percent of the students at Mountain View Elementary School are homeless.
Carol, along with members from her Civitan Club, a bunch of volunteers from the neighborhood association, Commercial Property association, and residents all came together to raise money to create a free magical holiday shopping experience for the students of Mountain View Elementary School.
With donations, they bought gifts for 260 students plus their moms and dads.
On Thursday, December 13, volunteers will set up a ‘store’ in the school cafeteria where each grade comes through separately, and the children ‘shop’ for gifts for their parents in the Women’s Department and the Men’s Department.
More volunteers will then help them wrap the gifts in the Gift Wrap Department.
After they are done with their shopping, students get to pick out a gift for themselves and enjoy cookies and milk.
They will raffle off six gifts per grade, which adds even more excitement.
And, as the children leave the cafeteria, they each receive a candy cane.