Vandals takes leaves from giving tree at school

Created: 12/16/2013 5:30 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Grinch strikes again.

This time he stole Christmas from some kids who need it more than most, lifting some important “leaves” from a “giving tree” at Sunset View Elementary School on Albuquerque’s West Side.

Somebody stripped away about 18 leaves, or gift tags, from the paper tree posted on the window of the PTA school store, right across from the principal’s office at the main entrance to the school.  The tags contain very specific information about kids in needy families and the exact sizes they need for winter clothing.

“We are looking for very simple things like shirts, pants, jackets,” said Caryn Welz of the PTA. “We’re looking for little things like shoes or gloves or a hat – anything to keep a child warm this winter.”

For example – family number 11 has 4 kids, one of them a 10-year-old girl who needs a pair of size 4 shoes. Somebody takes the tag, buys the shoes, brings them in with the tag – Merry Christmas! But 18 of the tags brought in no presents, and now the clock is ticking. The PTA needs to get those very specific clothing gifts before Christmas break starts at the end of this week – even though Christmas doesn’t just come in December at Sunset View.

“We have a wonderful community that contributes to our school all year long,” said principal Linda Townsend-Johnson. “We provide donations to our families and students throughout the year and we’re just hoping that families in our community will continue to support our students.”

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