Amazon 'elves' help make the holidays brighter for some Lexington kids
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Amazon made a significant donation to help make the holidays brighter for some children in need.
More than a dozen "elves" arrived at Breckinridge Elementary on Tuesday morning, along with a 53-foot truck specially wrapped for the holidays. The online retailer donated $15,000 worth of essential items, toys, and technology to 580 Fayette County Public Schools' students. Those students are part of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education program and are considered homeless. James Hodge who is the liaison for the program says homeless doesn't always mean sleeping outside.
"It's just not individuals who are living under the stars. These are individuals who are doubled up with family members, doubled up with friends, and we call that doubled up sleeping on couches; individuals who are living in dilapidated housing or something that's not fit for sleeping; something that is not consistent - you can be asked to leave anytime, families who are dealing with such circumstances," Hodge said.
Thanks to Amazon, those children received bedding, backpacks, books, coats, air mattresses, and a number of items requested by the families.
"Everything ranging from school supplies to air mattresses to Kindles to crayons for the younger kids, just an abundance of things that the students might need during the holiday season and over time," Hodge said.
The gifts are headed to a warehouse where the family resource coordinators for various schools will hand them out to the students who need them.