The holiday spirit filled the halls of Lincoln Elementary Thursday as each student received gifts donated by Utahns from across the state.
The 550 students there each received two gifts: a "need" and a "want." The residents of five Utah counties Salt Lake, Tooele, Carbon, Washington and Iron purchased the gifts, which were listed on handmade ornaments the students crafted and were hung in the lobbies of HeritageWest and SouthWest Community Credit Unions, along with staff and volunteers from the credit unions.
Lincoln Elementary is a Title I school where 96 percent of the students live below the poverty line and 19 different languages are spoken. Some of the students requested "need" gifts included food, socks, pillows, blankets, shoes, pencils and pens, and some of the "want" gifts included action figures, footballs, LEGOs, dolls and digital games.