Students collect gifts for older kids |

Students collect gifts for older kids

by Sheila Gardner

Eighth-graders in the Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School leadership class are collecting new Christmas gifts for kids their own age as a community service to benefit Project Santa for needy families.

“It’s kind of easy to get gifts for younger kids, but some of the older kids don’t get as many gifts,” said Jon Gilkerson, 13. “This is a community service project, but it’s more than that. We want to make sure there’s a present under every Christmas tree this year. There’s a lot of less fortunate families in Carson Valley.”

Jon and classmates Jake Meierdierck, 13, and Ally Reith, 13, are putting up bins at the Gardnerville Ranchos middle school on Monday for a week-long gift drive. They’re hoping to collect presents for kids ages 13 through 16 from their fellow students.

“We’re making it a competition for the seventh, eighth and ninth grades,” he said.

Gift ideas include inexpensive portable CD players, batteries, disposable cameras, electronic games, new clothing, makeup kits, bath sets, and hair accessories.

Donations should be unwrapped, he said. Once the gifts have been collected, the students will deliver the items to Project Santa headquarters and help wrap them.

Community members who wish to contribute can contact Jon at 265-6242.