Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
Santa's helpers are (from left in front line) Sam Ellefson, O'Shann Williams and Heidi Dreher. In the back row are Aaron Vail, Marquette Lawrence, Kolte Bingham, Megan Moore and Mariana Andrade. With money raised from the student body and the community, these Blackfoot High School student council members went shopping to purchase toys for the Children's Community Christmas Project Wednesday.
Santa's helpers look a lot like students from Blackfoot High School (BHS).
Student council members went shopping with money raised from the BHS student body and the community and delivered the toys to the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency Wednesday evening.
"Our limit was $3,000," said student body treasurer Megan Moore.
"This is so fun," said student body president Markie Lawrence. "We look forward to this the whole year.
"This is our biggest project and our favorite project," she said. "We were reliving our childhoods as we were shopping in the toy aisles."
"It's fun to take our childhood memories and give them to another child," said Moore.
Besides raising money for the Children's Community Christmas Project, BHS students also donate to two families in need at the high school, the Bingham Crisis Center and food for the food drive.
An auction of items donated by students and the community is scheduled on Dec. 21, Lawrence said. "The auction is open to the public."
The Children's Community Christmas Project started in the mid-80s, said toy organizer Shirley Goodyear. "My whole family does this all the time."
Her daughter-in-law makes Barbie doll clothes that are included with new Barbie dolls.
Her grandson repairs bikes.
"This will help children all over Bingham County," said organizer Barb Parris. "We try to give each child at least a new toy, a book and a stuffed animal."
"There's always a God bubble involved in this project," she said. "One year, a little girl wanted a pink soccer ball.
"No one had even seen a pink soccer ball to buy one," said Parris. "That year, the pink soccer ball arrived on the top of the toys delivered by the BHS student council."