A generous donation provides gifts for Chester students

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December 17, 2013 2:52:21 PM PST
Christmas came early for students in Chester Tuesday.

A generous donation paid for thousands of gifts, and the smiles on the faces of the kids who received them were priceless.

A flurry of wrapping paper at Chester Community Charter School and then the wonderful discovery of what was inside.

The youngest students got their gifts hand-delivered from Santa Claus himself, but Santa had a little help from Vahan and Danielle Gureghian. They are from the company who helps manage the school.

The school's CEO explains how the Gureghians donated $55,000 of their own money so more than 3,000 students could get a gift.

"This community struggles at times with different things going on in the community, particularly a lot of shootings and unemployment. So when we can do something like this, it really helps the kids, and that's what it's really all about," said Dr. David Clark, CEO, Chester Community Charter School.

From racecars to dolls, the students quickly figured out all the splendid possibilities.

As for the 2nd through 8th graders, they also got gifts and held holiday parties in their classrooms.

"I love Santa," said 5-year-old Corey'anna Cooper.

Santa and all of his gifts were a big hit thanks to the holiday generousity of the Gureghians.


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