University High School (UHS) soccer and JROTC programs are hosting its 10th annual "Make a Wish Come True" campaign.
The five schools that feed into UHS are asked to have the students write a letter stating what they would do if they had $100 to spend for Christmas.
Those letters are then reviewed by representatives from Bells Hill, Kendrick, South Waco, Alta Vista Cesar Chavez and UHS. They will read the papers and submit 40 essays from each school based on the needs of the family.
The wishes are then granted by sponsors who pay for the clothes, toys and items that are asked for.
What the kids ask for in the letter are not things they want for themselves, but what they want for other people.
Here is an example of an essay we have received:
“I do not want anything for me for Christmas. All I want for Christmas is for my little brother and sister to have a blanket and jacket. It is so cold at night and we do not have heat. A blanket will keep my little brother and sister warm at night. Also, they do not have a warm jacket and they need a warm jacket to wear to school.”
Leonard Montelongo Jr. the senior Army Instructor at UHS says it never fails, the kids rarely ask for themselves.
"They ask for things that we take for granted," Montelongo said. "My grandma needs shoes so they're asking always for something in their family. Their little sister needs a jacket. We need, we need bedding not because they don't have it but because there's is worn and old."
Last year, UHS made 220 wishes come true and they're hoping to grant 240 this year.
If you would like to help donate you can contact Leonard Montelongo at 254-498-3944 or Mike Chapman at 254-744-4533.
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