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Orchard Elementary class organizes toy, supply drive for Hope Children's Home

JACKSON, MO (KFVS) - Alysa Holshouser said it best herself, "One simple gift, it could change the world for one kid."

Holshouser is an 8-year-old third grader at Orchard Drive Elementary in Jackson, Mo. 

She spoke from the heart about her Christmas wish, to collect a Santa Style Bag of goodies for Hope Children's Home for foster children. 

The home is a safe haven for more than a dozen children in foster care. 

She explained her plan that she'd designed on a piece of notebook paper. 

"I took it to my teacher to show her how I wanted to give back to Hope Children's Home after I asked my mom where we could give. I realize not everybody in Jackson gets presents for Christmas from their mom and dad so I wanted to help give presents to them," said Holshouser. 

She told her teacher, Ashley Diebold, about her idea to get her class involved with playing Santa to other children in their town.  

"She brought me that sheet of paper and said she wanted to help orphans and I had to jump on it," said Diebold. "This class has a huge heart." 

"I talked to them and everybody got excited about it," Holshouser explained. 

They collected dozens of games, hot chocolate, goodies and more and put them under their class tree. 

"I thought everybody should have a good Christmas not just people that live in their house with their mom and dad," explained student, Tessa Quade, "Around the world all the kids should have gifts." 

Other students agreed.  

"I think they are going to be really happy and they can't wait to open all the presents that they see all the presents," said Zoe Fox. 

"I get lots of presents," said Cayden Myers. "Some kids only get like a couple so I want to give them a bunch." 

"I say that to my class every year we're a family in here and this class really has shown that," said Diebold. 

The students say they can't wait to hear about the reaction when the children see all the presents and they say for each of them this will be the first of many times they reach out to those in need. 

"Christmas is not about receiving it's about giving," said Tessa. 

"I wish all the kids at the Hope house a happy Christmas," said Cayden. 

Holshouser explained how she thinks the kids will feel when they see the gifts, "Excited, happy, and overjoyed." 

Her mom plans to take the gifts to Hope Children's Home on Friday. 

Hope Children's Home has a long list of needs year round and relies on donations to provide for all the kids they care for.

Crissy Mayberry, director, tells us the children are very grateful and touched by the generosity. 

You can click here to see a list of donation needs for the Hope's Children Home.

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