Christmas comes early for some Waco ISD students thanks to "Make a Wish"
Waco, Tx — Christmas came early for some Waco ISD students. This year's "Make a Wish Come True" program was able to provide presents for hundreds of students and their families.
"In first grade, a Brianna Sanchez....Brianna Sanchez," said University High School Soccer Coach Mike Chapman as he called students to the front of the cafeteria to receive their Christmas gifts.
Brianna Sanchez is one of 20 students at her school that received Christmas presents as a part of the fourth annual “Make a Wish Come True” program.
"Congratulations, Brianna," said Chapman.
The University High School soccer team and junior ROTC partnered to provide presents to kids at seven area schools.
"You have more. Uh oh, you have two bags," said Chapman as he continued to hand presents to this year’s program recipients.
Students were selected based on an essay where they wrote what they would do if they were given 100 dollars to spend for Christmas. Many of the gift requests were selfless.
"Our kids aren't asking for X-Boxes, Playstations. They're asking for jackets for sisters, blankets for brothers, or sisters. They're asking for a lot of the basic necessities," said Chapman.
Altogether the “Make a Wish” program afforded gifts to 137 kids. For students, like Dylan Chapman, being able to help hand out these presents is inspiring.
"I just think it's really cool because these kids know, if their families can't provide for them, I think it's great that we can let them have a little bit of a Christmas. And, they can enjoy it," said Chapman.