Jones Elementary surprised with over 2,000 books from local organization

Published: Dec. 19, 2018 at 6:28 PM CST
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Christmas came a week early for students at Jones Elementary, thanks to the young creators of Books and a Blanket. For six years, two College Station girls have been giving back to their peers by distributing baskets of books and blankets right before the winter break.

"I feel happy to get all these books," Aiden Sanchez, a third grader at Jones Elementary said.

Sanchez and his friends have been learning about philanthropy this month. At just eight, he says Wednesday inspired him to give back one day, too.

“All these other people that give these books and made the blankets are being philanthropic. And when I grow up, I want to be philanthropic to others when I'm a football player. I'm going to get money and give it to other people,” Sanchez said.

Kids filled the halls and stuffed their bags with mystery books, picture books, fiction, and non-fiction.

"They look like they're really good books," said fourth grader, McKenzie Munoz.

Along with a homemade blanket from strangers, these gifts are looking to make these little ones' holiday season.

"This blanket is like handmade and i know it took forever to make it, and that's really special," Munoz said.

For the teachers at Jones Elementary, moments like this make their job worthwhile.

"They may not get as many gifts as other students, so this is just a nice special gift they can have that's all theirs," said Carly Delino, a counselor at Jones Elementary.

Over 2,000 books are now in the hands of the kids at Jones, and a sweet 'thank you' for Santa's elves that made this Christmas so special.

"We all love you. Thanks for all the books, the blankets, i really appreciate it and i think everybody else does, too," Munoz said.

This year, Books and a Blanket donated nearly 23,000 and more than 3,700 blankets to children. This year’s donations mark 100,000 books since the start of the organization.