Angel Tree Underway!


Lia Sarria, Writer

Angel Tree season is finally among us, but there are some new twists to the old ILS tradition.

With the pandemic still going on everything has been moved online. Instead of picking an Angel from the tree, all students must sign up online. Another difference with Angel Tree this year is that all the gifts donated will be given to the Escuelita Maya and the community of children of migrant farm workers.

Even though it seems as if COVID did not get in the way this year it has.

“The biggest heartbreak has been not getting the chance to visit the children of migrant farmworkers with SALTT to help them fill out their letters to Santa,” said Mr.Gamwell

This year, freshmen are shopping for children ages 5-6. Sophomores shop for ages 7-8, Juniors for ages 9-10, and Seniors for ages 11-12. Here is the Amazon wishlist for the children.

SALTT, which is organizing the toy drive, is also accepting bikes. That purchase can be split among a group of 2-3 people, or if your feeling extra generous, just yourself.

One of SALTT’s members Bea Diaz is really hoping everyone can come together while following social distancing guidelines.

“I’m hoping we can get just as much, if not more, gifts donated than we have in other years before COVID,” she said.

Students can drop off the toys at the ILS track on Saturday, December 12th, from 10am-12pm. If you can make it this Saturday, hybrid students can leave them in the boxes on the stage next week. Virtual students may drop it off with security at the main entrance next week also.

In order to turn in the toy it must be unwrapped with your name on a paper inside the bag.

Any ILS student may participate in giving toys to children who won’t be having the Christmas they wish for so dearly. And with every $20 you spend you can receive two service hours by uploading a picture of your receipt on MobileServe.

If you would like to sign up for SALTT or look at their Angel Tree the Showbie code is: LCKDN.