Sandia View’s Angel Tree
CORRALES, N.M. – Sandia View Christian School (SVCS) is kicking off the holiday season by setting up their Angel Tree this month. Every year, SVCS staff puts up a Christmas tree and decorates it with angel cutouts. The special angels include gift ideas for kids within the school community. Parents then have the opportunity to take an angel home and provide the gifts. “Angel tree is one of our favorite projects to do,” says SVCS Office Administrator Diann Gurule. “It helps kids have the Christmas they may not have otherwise. It also allows our students to foster a giving spirit during the holidays.” The wish lists on the angels consist of necessities like clothing and shoes, but they also include fun Christmas gifts like toys.
In addition to the Angel Tree, SVCS also takes part in a community-wide activity that allows them to work closely with the Corrales Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico. Throughout the month of November, the school collects sleeping bags, winter coats and accessories and on a selected date the seventh- and eighth-grade classes make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and take the sandwiches and the collected items to Last Chance Ministries, a non-profit organization that works closely with the homeless community. The Corrales church and the Roadrunner Food Bank provide additional food options and other items. “We are looking forward to doing this again this holiday season. What a great way to share God’s hope and love,” says Gurule.
By Debbie Márquez, Communication Director