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Give a little: Jordan Education Foundation’s 10th annual Christmas for Kids

Nov 30, 2023 11:29AM ● By Julie Slama

In years past, Santa Claus helps spread joy and shops with middle school and high school students during Jordan Education Foundation’s Christmas for Kids. (Photo courtesy of Jordan Education Foundation)

This holiday, give a little of yourself to make the season brighter for a child.

Jordan Education Foundation’s 10th annual Christmas for Kids needs volunteers to chaperone about 650 middle and high school students Dec. 9 while they shop at the Walmart Supercenter, 3590 S. Jordan Parkway, South Jordan. 

Adults who are 18 and up and are not a student within Jordan School District are needed to help shop on a budget with an individual student. There are starting times every 30 minutes from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Please allow up to 90 minutes to help the student.

A volunteer online registration form with information about the program is available at Volunteers are asked to indicate languages they speak in addition to English.

There is an option to donate to financially help support students to shop. Walmart also makes an annual donation.

“They’re a wonderful partner and sponsor for this opportunity to provide Christmas for our middle and high school students,” JEF Associate Director Anne Gould said.

This year, the need is greater with about 150 more students identified than last holiday season, Gould said, hence the call for more volunteers. In years past, volunteers have been community members as well as first responders, educational and political leaders, Miss Utah and Santa Claus.

“One thing we hear back from the students is of course, they’re appreciative of being able to make the purchased items, but they also are grateful to have spent the morning with their chaperones, because they are so caring,” she said. “It just ends up being a great experience.” λ