High School Students Play Santa for Amityville Kids

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Amityville Memorial High School students are making the holidays better for children right in their own community through the Christmas Magic program. Members of the Warrior Awareness Club, known as the WAC PAC, recently purchased more than 200 toys to benefit 62 children at Northwest Elementary School.

WAC PAC adviser Jason McGowan said the school has had a long-term partnership with nonprofit organization Christmas Magic to help grant the wishes of children across Long Island. Every year, the organization provides the WAC PAC with Christmas lists for dozens of children along with funds to purchase the gifts. With a budget of $60 per child, the students made three trips to Target to shop, then returned to the high school to wrap the presents. 

Mr. McGowan said that this is not the first time they have provided toys for Amityville children, but it has been several years. It meant a lot to the high school students to know their efforts were helping youngsters in their own community.

“I love doing this,” senior Isabella Mohan said. “It’s great to give back and we’re giving back within the district.”