Students from Port Jefferson High School helped spread some good cheer this holiday season by helping a local chairty to provide needy families with presents this Christmas, according to a statement released by the school district.
On Dec. 18, the Student Organization - a club of 27 class officers from grades nine through 12 - collected gifts for 56 children to donate to Holiday Magic, an organization started in 1990 by resident Charlie Russo to provide "holiday generosity, spirit and hope to those less fortunate."
"The program reaches out to approximately 4,000 Long Island children living in homeless shelters, temporary foster care, Child Protective Services, sober houses, teen mother homes and domestic violence safe homes," the statement said of Holiday Magic.
The students helped to wrap, label package and delivered the packages to a truck that would take them to the charity's headquarters in Hauppauge.
"Mr. Russo’s children are graduates of the school, and his nieces and nephews are currently students," said club adviser Sarah Ogden in a statement. "The Student Organization likes to support our local organizations, especially our Port Jefferson family."