Hillcrest School once again enjoyed outstanding support from the community for its Christmas Store.
School community coordinator Sara Pippus said they expect to have received enough donations for each of the 160-plus students at the school to visit the store twice. Kindergarten students were the first to go through the store on December 9.
All grades will make their way through the store once before the Kindergartens enter a second time.
The store allows students to select a gift for somebody close to them.
"We've had donations from the community and from churches," said Pippus. "The Salvation Army partnered with us again this year, and we shopped there to fill up the store."
Parents, United Way Estevan board members and others also supported the Christmas store.
Once a student selects a gift, it is taken to the store's front counter. The school's Spirit Club wraps the gift and delivers it to the student, who gets to take it home to put under the tree for Christmas.
Delivery is expected to happen well before the Christmas break, Pippus said.
Pippus was pleased with the variety of items received this year, which allowed students to select items for parents, grandparents, siblings, extended family members or friends.
"It's about teaching them how to give to other people," said Pippus. "Lots of kids maybe don't have enough money at home where they're going to get much of anything for Christmas, but even if that's the case, we want to teach them about sharing and giving to other people."
Regardless of somebody's personal wealth, they always feel well when they give to somebody they care about, she said.