LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) — Hearts are turning toward children and in Las Vegas, the hearts are children.
Petersen Elementary School has been the recipient of loads of presents from the children at the private Alexander Dawson School. While they may be worlds apart by circumstances, the children are building bonds of compassion through giving and receiving.
“…because they develop the relationships, they don't just collect and forget. They don't just feed and forget. They come and they know these children. They look forward and they become pen pals with these children,” said Kelly Petersen, who helped organized this partnership.
Daniel Lopez loved the presents he opened.
“I got the Uno. It’s like the Angry Bird style thing and I got Star Wars action figures,” Lopez said.
Zakeisha Jones of Dawson Elementary loves what she’s witnessing in the children.
“We're creating awesome citizens of the world. When we plant the seed now to be givers and to think about others that grows along with them” Jones said.
While children opened gifts at this school, there were children receiving presents at Williams Elementary School. They were courtesy of a little girl, 6 year old Ashlee Meza. She with the help of her father was able to collect a lot of toys and donations to distribute to other children and their families.
“I saw people living in cars and it made me feel very sad and so I just wanted to make a difference,” Meza said.
Meanwhile at Cortez Elementary School, the Las Vegas Hospitality Association made sure children received bags of goodies: from toys, to clothes to shoes. It made little Jocelyn Mejia happy as she hugged a new sweater.
“I always wanted one like that,” Mejia said.
The man of the hour was Santa Claus, who was received by much love and hugs. This was the infectious spirit of the season through children in Las Vegas.