London elementary students celebrate early Christmas

December 4, 2017 by  

Students in the Cosmetology program at Somerset Community College delivered an early Christmas celebration to students at Bush Elementary School, in London.

The cosmetology students held Operation Kids Christmas, an annual event, at the very end of November. The college students worked with members of the Laurel Skills USA Club and ended up raising $3,000 to give holiday gifts to kids in need. The groups held bake sales and an auction, and sold gift bags and candy bars to raise the money.

Organizations that hold events to raise money during the holidays can use postcard printing to get the message out to their customers or others in the community, including local businesses. This year, companies such as West and Co., Modern Chic, Shoe Inn, and Crooked Creek Country Club donated to the program.

Speaking to the Sentinel-Echo, Kay Swanner, a faculty member in the cosmetology program, said:

“This event is so meaningful [. . . ]not just for the children, but also for our students. This initiative lets students learn and experience how to give back to the community. It’s a tradition we are proud to uphold.”

The elementary school’s resource center helped to identify several children in need and those students were given toys, fruit baskets, clothing (including coats and shoes) and a joint of ham.

During the event, the students got to enjoy breakfast, lunch and a visit from Santa Claus.