Kind hearts help save Christmas for dozens of kids

AUBURN, Wash. -- Dozens of children bracing for a Christmas without presents are getting a sweet surprise from Secret Santa at their school.

Lea Hill Elementary had more families needing holiday help than it could afford to buy presents for. So we got a hold of their Christmas list.

Teachers, parents, children and churchgoers have purchased presents for the school's giving tree. But the list of families in need was longer than the school had time or money to manage.

So the Problem Solvers stepped in with coats, underwear, games and pajamas for all 27 kids on the waiting list.

We hauled holiday bags into the school, and scratched off the waiting list the names that had been turned in by teachers.

"These families don't even know that they were on our tree," said teacher Connie Say-O'Donnell.

And one by one, we removed the white paper ornaments from the giving tree, knowing those children will now have gifts under their tree this Christmas.

Schools around the state are dealing with the same problem. You can quickly contact your school to see how you can help. or you can stop by a Fred Meyer store in Tacoma, Issaquah or Lynnwood on Thursday for the Problem Solvers Toy Drive.