A group of Alabama youngsters have Santa’s "Nice List" in the bag this year.
Two fourth grade classes at Johnson Elementary School in Athens have decided to pass up Christmas gifts in order to donate supplies to victims of the Gatlinburg wildfires in Tennessee.
Teacher April Haney told Decatur Daily that the students voted via secret ballots to use the money they would have spent on Christmas gifts for each other to buy supplies for those impacted by the devastating fires.
The fire—which may have been an act of arson—resulted in 14 deaths and damaged about 2,500 buildings.
“They all voted that they would like to spend their money on others, not themselves,” she said.
Haney says that as of last week, the students had collected 12 boxes of supplies, including coats and winter clothing, personal hygiene items, medical supplies and canned food. The donations exceed the students’ normal limit of $10 each for Christmas gifts, she said. The supplies will be delivered to the affected areas by G&S Auto Sales in Ardmore, Ala. this week.