Thanks to Warren Township High School students, staff and members of the community, more than 1,300 needy children from Reilly School in Chicago will receive a special gift this holiday season.
Approximately $32,000 worth of presents was collected as part of Direct Effect Charities' Letters for Santa program. It provides letters from the neediest children and distributes them to donors to purchase gifts.
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The letters were divided between Warren's Almond Road and O'Plaine Road campuses, and each campus provided about 700 donated gifts with a price limit of $25, officials said.
The school's National Honor Society and student council coordinated this program and have been working on organizing and bagging the presents. Chicago Public School trucks will pick up the items on Friday, Dec. 13.