Volunteers help Santa deliver cheer to Granite School District students

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Volunteers with Granite Education Foundation were busy Tuesday. They were helping Santa with a holiday surprise for students and families in need.

The Granite Education Foundation has a program called “Santa Sacks.”

Volunteers filled thousands of sacks one by one from rooms full of toys, blankets, books and more.

“The best thing about participating like this is seeing the difference it makes,” said Clint Morley with Discover Financial Services.  “What’s magic about this is on Christmas morning when they wake up and they have these toys underneath the trees, that’s magic right, it wouldn’t happen otherwise. Something we take for granted, we are able to make happen for them.”

Once the bags were full, Santa loaded them into the cars of social workers and because he’s so busy this time of year, it will be these “helpers” who deliver the holiday surprise to students and families who need it the most.

In the Granite School District, 65 percent of the 68,000 students live at or below the poverty line. The non-profit expects to help 3,500 students this year.

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