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From Around the Region: Solvay Student Collects Donations for Homeless

Gianna's Christmas Wish
Sophia (L) and Gianna (R) with their donations
A second-grade student at Solvay Elementary School has reminded the Solvay community what the holidays are all about, in what has been described by her teacher as one of the most heartfelt gifts a person could ask for.

In a unique twist on tradition, Gianna does not want Santa to bring her any presents this year. Instead of unwrapping gifts found under her own Christmas tree, she wants to bring Christmas cheer to those less fortunate. With help from her teacher, Melissa Boileau, Gianna is asking for the community's help to collect items to bring warmth and comfort to those in need this season. 

As soon as she heard about Gianna's Christmas wish, Mrs. Bolieau put out a call to action to the Solvay community.

“It was with extreme pride and a heart overfilled with love that I was able to send out the request,” said Mrs. Boileau. “We would like to help Gianna meet her goal. The more people who can make this Christmas wish come true, the better.”

Gianna is looking for items including socks, hats, gloves, scarves, toiletry items, instant coffee, nonperishable snacks, and anything else that may help share the Christmas spirit -- even cards to wish neighbors well. 

Donations for Gianna’s Christmas wish are currently being accepted at SES, and may be dropped off through Friday, Dec. 21. Please include a note with Mrs. Boileau's name on the items.

Gianna and her mom plan to spend Christmas Day driving around Central New York, distributing gift bags filled with the donations to the homeless.  

“What a touching reality that there really is so much good in the world all around us, especially from children,” said Mrs. Boileau.

To learn more about Gianna's Christmas wish and see photos of her donations, click here to read the whole story.
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