Angels In Our Midst

Angels In Our Midst

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Angels in our Midst (Cram the Van 2012)

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:43 PM CDT
Thirteen years ago, WEAR, United Way of Escambia and Santa Rosa and Sandy Sansing Automotive saw a great need in our schools. Thousands of children were starting the year without the very basic supplies that impacted learning.

The community joined our partnership to give these children a better chance.

"I just love to give to children. I just love children. See, I had five of my own and they had a rough time," said Stella Trout, donating school supplies to the Cram the Van program.

All day long people came. They gave pencils, pens, scissors, glue, paper, notebooks.

Doug Simmons even donated a trunk load of supplies. "Both my kids have graduated high school and college, and we no longer need that stuff in the house. So, it was just bring it up to you guys," he said.

Almost everyone had a story; their own reason for giving.

Kathy Israel is a retired kindergarten teacher. "I taught at Brentwood for years. It was such an important part of our plans as children came. Often they came wihtout supplies and through your efforts, these children had what they needed to start school," she said.

Sandy Sansing is the driving force, with partners Wal-Mart and Staples as the collection sites. Gulf Power employees, The Escambia County Public Schools Foundation, The Beulah Firefighters and our friends at ABATE rode to the children's aid with cash donations. Help came from many places.

Michael Milligan collected supplies for others. "I own a minor league football team going into our second year this year and we collected at our last home game. We like to do a lot of community events and help out whenever we can," he said.

Dr. Randall Rigsby is an orthodontist who is helping children get supplies. "I do remember getting excited about taking my little list and getting school supplies for the year.  Perhaps more children will be able to do that now with people helping out with Cram the Van," he said.

Many people gave with one hope in mind for the children who would receive their gifts.

Gloria Rigsby, Helping Children Start the Year;  "Be excited; be able to go to school with some new things.  It's always a fun thing."

For some parents, this was a teachable moment for their own children. "Make sure they understand that giving is good," said Michael Milligan.
"I don't mind helping 'cause, you know what, when I do something like this, God blesses me," said Stella.

Angels in our Midst is brought to you by Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.Angels in our Midst (Cram the Van 2012)

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