FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – North Side High School hosted its 30th annual Christmas Party for Kids Surviving Cancer Sunday afternoon.
Twenty-four families were expected at the party, which included food donated by Mexigrill, face painting, dance performances and a visit from Santa. Students and staffed raised money throughout the year to host the event. Students adopt a family affected by the disease, by shopping for Christmas presents for the children in the family, wrapping the presents and attending the event alongside their designated family, according to a press release from North Side High School.
“This event is special every year, but knowing that our students have been hosting this for three decades makes this year extra special,” said North Side teacher Crystel Miller said in a press release. “Over the years, North Side students have helped make the holidays happier for hundreds of children in our community.”
Preparing for the party included raising money, making contacts with community members for donations, shopping for gifts for each child in every family attending, wrapping the gifts and organizing entertainment. Dozens of students from several student groups, including those focused on community service, as well as those connected to the arts and academics, participated in raising money for gifts and organization, according to the press release.