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Mary Persons students collect new or used Christmas trees to light up families' homes

Trees have to be 4 ft. tall or shorter. Students want to collect all the tree donations by this Friday.

Christmas trees lighting up in homes means it's the most wonderful time of the year. Students at Mary Persons High School want every child to wake up and see a tree in their home for the holidays.

"A lot of unfortunate people out there don't really get the Christmas everybody else gets, and it's kind of nice to know that they're going to wake up in the morning and see a lit-up tree that's just beautiful," says Brandon Banks.

The students are a part of Future Business Leaders of America at Mary Persons. The club started this project five years ago, collecting new or used trees and decorations, volunteering school and personal time to get the trees ready to send to homes.

Taniyah Dewberry says, "The feeling is indescribable to know that I can make a difference in a child's life, and to know that I can help contribute to them having a good Christmas."

The social worker at the school locates the families in need through the Monroe County School system to find homes for the trees. Most of the homes they go to may not provide a lot of space for a tree, so students are asking you to donate trees 4 feet tall or shorter.

When it comes to holiday spirit, the size of the tree isn't the important part. "A little Christmas tree can make a big difference in a children's life, and it just makes them smile on Christmas," says Hunter Benson.

In past years, they collected up to 10 trees. This year, they tripled that number, with around 30 tree donations. It's the smiles and excitement from the children that receive the trees that make them want to bring joy to more families.

"They can wake up and see a tree, because everyone deserves to be able to experience Christmas the same way everybody else does," says Taniyah Dewberry.

Students want to collect all the tree donations by this Friday. If you would like to donate a tree or decorations, you can drop them off at the Mary Persons main office.