Some Morgantown elementary students are trying to bring joy to less privileged kids this holiday season.
TAG-A-Bag of Joy is a program that students North Elementary are participating in this year to help kids at the Bartlett House and Scott's Run Settlement House.
All month long, students have been collecting items, from soap to Matchbox Cars, to put in gift bags for the kids in hopes to bring holiday cheer.
"I really want to volunteer in this, so I can help other boys and girls and they can have fun for one day at least," said third grader Carter Cave.
North Elementary School is in the spirit of giving. Building more than 100 bags of toys and supplies for needy kids is teaching students the value of community service.
"Community service is something that if you do as a person, it makes you a better person. So we wanted to pass that along," said Nikki Davis, a teacher for the Talented and Gifted program (TAG). "We got the whole school involved, and then the community got involved and it just grew."
This year will not be the first time Nikolaus Giggenbach, 10, will give out gifts to those less fortunate. Nikolaus, the son of a Bartlett House employee, knows firsthand what the experience is like.
"I especially like the joy on their faces when they open it up. They're like ‘Yes! A coloring book.' It's really cool," said Giggenbach. "I really like it because it makes you feel good inside. It warms your heart."
It will be a cool new experience for many of the kids.
The students painted and filled the bags and also wrote cards. The experience has taught them a valuable life lesson.
"Their hearts fell over doing something like this for someone," said Davis. "They were just not aware of how few things some people have, the bare necessities like soap, toothpaste and a toothbrush. It's really eye opening for them."
The school is still in need of donations and items. It is collecting mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, knee length socks, coloring books, crayons, markers, colored pencils, books, small toys, bubbles, glow sticks, games, puzzles, YoYo's, Slinky's, stickers and Matchbox Cars.
For girls, the school is asking for hair accessories, brushes, combs, bars of soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, baby and hand wipes, tissues and hand sanitizer.
The school asks that patrons do not donate anything edible or any items that is sharp, made of glass, or needs batteries.