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District’s “Be an Angel” Gift Drive Aims to Make Holidays Brighter for Neediest Families

The Mount Vernon City School District is encouraging staff and community members to contribute to their “Be an Angel” Holiday Gift Drive this holiday season.

“We in the Mount Vernon City School District have countless things to be thankful for,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton. “But this year, we also have over 900 students who are in temporary housing and in need of the basic necessities of life. We hope this effort will diminish that struggle and make those families’ holidays a little brighter.”

Staff members have been donating in their respective schools and the community can do its part by bringing an unwrapped gift, nonperishable food item or monetary donation to the district’s much anticipated annual holiday concert on Saturday, December 8.

The “Most Wonderful Time” concert will begin at 7 p.m. in The Mount Vernon High School Auditorium with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. There is no cost for admission. Monetary donations will be used to purchase gift cards for needy middle and high school students.

The “Be an Angel” gift drive is a joint effort by Supt. Hamilton, Homeless Liaison Dr. Lillian F. Reynolds, Homeless Program Social Worker Ramona Parker, and Associate Superintendent for Student Support Services Dr. J. Manning-Campbell.