LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Area school students are thinking of others during this holiday season.
Kids at Sylvan Learning center in Lafayette are helping Lafayette Urban Ministry feed the public. Students earn performance tokens during their time at the center. Usually, they can use them to buy toys from the class store. But they decided to donate their tokens to buy meals for LUM's annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration. Outside the classroom, students are keeping track of meals bought with pictures of turkeys.
Executive Director Carol Galbraith said her students jumped at the chance to help.
"It took off fast. In fact I think the first day they told me, 'We already have, like, 40 turkeys.' I was like, 'Wow! In one day.' So, that was exciting," Galbraith said. "One little girl said, 'I'd much rather give to families that need it, than buy a toy.' That's coming from five-year-olds and six-year-olds and all the way up to adults. It was just very heartwarming."
The LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration is Thursday from noon until 2 p.m. It's free and open to anyone who want to enjoy a hot turkey dinner. It's at Central Presbyterian Church on 31 N. Seventh Street in Lafayette.