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11:57 PM Wed, Oct. 17th

School district gets the holiday spirit

Family Resource Center provides gifts to 90 children

PUSD Grants Specialist Kelly Mattox stands with three children in the Sanchez family: Jose (center), 9, Osile, 4, (standing in the front) and Aaron, 7, (left). (Courier/Nanci Hutson)

PUSD Grants Specialist Kelly Mattox stands with three children in the Sanchez family: Jose (center), 9, Osile, 4, (standing in the front) and Aaron, 7, (left). (Courier/Nanci Hutson)

For Lucy Hernandez and her three children, the Family Resource Center of the Prescott Unified School District is enabling them to have a true holiday celebration thanks to a gift distribution that will benefit some 90 children.

The center arranged a celebratory event at their new headquarters in the former Washington School that included hot chocolate and cookies and a resource fair with several local non-profit agencies, including Expect More Arizona, the United Way of Yavapai County and Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The gifts were provided through the generosity of Shepherd of the Hills Church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and the Grandview Homeowners Association.

Hernandez said she appreciates the efforts that will benefit her family over the holidays.

Another mother, Cecelia Sanchez, has four children who also received a package of gifts that they will be able to open on Christmas. Her son, Jose, served as her interpreter as she proclaimed how fortunate she felt to be able to benefit from the resource center’s programs.

The center’s director, Rebecca Wood, an Americorp Vista worker, arranged the party and worked with the different groups to collect and distribute the gifts for the children identified as needing the assistance.

Sanchez was all smiles as she watched her children’s eyes widen with the packages they will soon receive.

“This is very good,” she declared.