Students from Glenlyon Norfolk School have been working hard to make sure that no one in Greater Victoria has to wake up without something under the tree on Christmas Day.
Glenlyon students raised over $1,200 in cash and filled 466 stockings for the Extreme Outreach Society’s annual Warm a Soul stocking campaign.
Cheryl Alexander, media manager for the school, said Glenlyon became involved with the campaign four years ago and it was quickly embraced by the students.
“They can put meaningful things in the stocking and I think a lot of the kids really enjoy doing that.”
She said the younger students at the Junior School are especially thrilled by the prospect of filling stockings for other children.
“Stockings and Santa are still so magically for them at that age,” said Alexander.
One of those students, Grade 3 Nicholas Delorme, organized a “kids helping kids” campaign in his class and invited his friends to bring in any warm clothing items that could be passed on to Extreme Outreach’s patrons.
Every year, Extreme Outreach fills more than 1,000 stockings with gifts and treats, passing them along to local men’s and women’s shelters, detox and those who live on the streets.
“Though we focus primarily on children who are caught in the cycle of poverty, we also support people who end up at shelters after being rejected by their families, those who would otherwise never receive a gift,” said Extreme Outreach founder Cliff Powers.
Alexander said students from the school will also help distribute the stockings and a number of students will volunteer for the Christmas lunch organized by Extreme Outreach.