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DB students wrap gifts for Secret Santa

Eighteen-year-old Haley Edwards spends her lunchtime wrapping presents as part of the Secret Santa Program at Dawson-Bryant High School.

It’s been a busy time this week for the students at Dawson-Bryant High School. During the lunch hour often set aside for club meetings and special studying, students have been wrapping presents for children they don’t even know.

It’s all a part of the school’s contribution to the Secret Santa program, organized by the Young Professionals, that provides warm winter clothing and toys for children ages birth to 12 years old.

Supervising the students has been Megan Frasure, freshman English teacher, who is also a member of the Young Professionals.

“We have been spreading the word through all the club advisers,” Frasure said. “The kids seem very excited and our teachers are sponsoring children.”

Frasure understands first-hand the great need in the county. She was one of the Young Professionals who picked up at the Ironton library 241 applications for help.

“We were floored when we picked up the applications,” she said. “This is a real need.”

Frasure looks at the Secret Santa program in both a personal and professional way.

“My parents always made Christmas such a special time of year and want every child to have that opportunity,” she said. “As for the students, I want them to see how truly blessed we are to have the opportunity to give back to the community. Anytime when students can help others, it has a greater impact.”

This Christmas the requests for help were almost double and the Young Professionals have been so appreciative of all those who have either sent money or sponsored one or more children.

Anyone who wants to help can send a check of any amount made out to the LEDC Secret Santa and sent to the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce office, P.O. Box 488, South Point, OH 45680.

Or they can also sponsor children by contacting Casey Baker of the Young Professionals at 304-691-8410 or emailing at lcypgroup@gmail.com.