Wanted: Santa seeking elves to help with Jr. High Spree

Sleigh bells ring in the Davis Education Foundation office as staff members work to fulfill holiday wish lists.

Every year, the foundation gives St. Nick a helping hand to serve families in need through sub-for-Santa programs. This year, the foundation anticipates helping 2,000 students in the district wake up to presents under the tree.

Community members are invited to serve through Jr. High Spree, a charitable project aimed at helping students in grades 7, 8 and 9.

By visiting daviseducationfoundation.org/amazon before December 5, donors can find links to Amazon wishlists of clothes, coats and other essentials requested by students.

“It’s definitely the most wonderful time of the year,” says Student Advocacy Coordinator, Kristen Buchi. “The community really comes together to make sure students don’t go without during the holidays.”

This year, more than 600 students will receive holiday assistance through Jr. High Spree. The program was created by the foundation seven years ago to serve children who didn’t meet the qualifications for assistance through other holiday giving programs.

For elementary-aged students in the district, the Foundation coordinates efforts with The Salvation Army Salt Lake City and Ogden Corps to serve children through the Angel Tree Program.

High school students are served through funding from KSL’s Quarters for Christmas program and Larry H Miller Family Foundation.

All three programs - Angel Tree, Jr. High Spree and High School giving - are supplemented by generous funding from individual donors.

To help a child in need this holiday season, please visit daviseducationfoundation.org/amazon to purchase gifts for Jr. High Spree. Alternatively, donations to holiday assistance programs can be made at https://dsdgive.net/event/968.

The foundation also publishes a list of holiday service projects on its website at https://www.daviseducationfoundation.org/get-involved/holidayhelp.