College of Charleston freshman collects 900 presents for kids

Freshman collects 900 toys for kids

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A College of Charleston student is proving that young people can make a big difference in the lives of others.

Eighteen-year-old Emily Hoisington has helped to collect about 900 presents for some students in the Charleston County School District.

"I just think it's a great way to show these kids love," the College of Charleston freshman said. "Even if it's just one present, they get the chance to feel loved and feel that the community does care about them."

Hoisington sent out an e-mail to dozens of classmates and Charleston businesses in October, asking for their help in donating gifts.

"I was like blown away, I couldn't believe it," Hoisington said of the response.

Enough presents were collected to allow Hoisington to give one to every student at Charleston Progressive Academy and Burns Elementary School.

"I was just very excited and impressed that someone of that age would want to come and share with our students and with the community at large," Charleston Progressive Academy Principal Wanda Sheats said. "It's really a huge undertaking for Ms. Hoisington and it actually shows students if you are committed to doing something, you really can do it."

After some 250 College of Charleston students wrap all the donated toys, they will be presented to the students on Friday.

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