Biloxi High School students spread cheer through Project Presents Program

Leaving families thankful and full of joy, Biloxi High School students helped spread Christmas cheer across the Coast over the weekend.

Changing the lives of complete strangers, the Biloxi High School Campus Security Council’s Project Presents Program transforms Christmas dreams into reality. Biloxi resident Samantha Chase said, “I feel extremely blessed. I’m crying. I’m overwhelmed with joy.”

This year, the Project Presents Program is bigger than ever before. The students earn volunteer hours for wrapping and delivering hundreds of presents to 23 families and more than 70 children. Biloxi High volunteer Tiara Harris said, “It just kind of like made me feel really happy to see how happy they were and how much they really loved each other and really cared and appreciated what we were doing.”

There has been an overwhelming amount of emotion from the families as they receive their gifts from the Biloxi Indians. Everything from joy and smiling to tears, however, every single family says thank you. Biloxi resident Tamesha Pillows said, “I am a mother of six so it’s hard for me every year, but this just made my day. Oh my gosh, it made my day.”

2020 has been tough for everyone, but remember there are people in your community who are always lending a helping hand. Army National Guard Recruiter Staff Sgt. Joel Fields said, “We not only help in time of need in natural disasters, but when our community needs us and that’s what it’s all about, serving others. That’s why I enlisted.”

Staff Sgt. Fields expressed the happiness that comes from this project which would not be possible without community support and donations. “I adopt families. I also got Crunch Fitness involved this year. So, all their clubs on the Coast got involved and donated to these families with me.”

“Thank you all that chipped in to help out with my family. Thank you so much. We really appreciate it.”

There’s no better feeling than bringing a smile to a child’s face. “I enjoy seeing the reactions of the kids faces and to know that a child has a good Christmas this year.”

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