Wrapping for a cause

By Valencia

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Rolls of wrapping paper were stacked on a table in the middle of the room, before dozens of college students sat on the floor of Pure Theatre to wrap Christmas gifts for kids they have never met.

"I hopped right on board," said Brittany Turner, a college freshman. "I was like anything at all that you need, I'll be there to help you."

Butcher is Emily Hosington's roommate. Hosington is the founder of Charleston Hope, the non-profit that spearheaded "Adopt-A-Classroom". In about four weeks, the organization got 46 classrooms adopted for Christmas.

"I think for the young people here, for them to be able to see that one person really can make a difference in the lives of hundreds of students, imagine what if more students, more college students rose up," said Ernest Smith, College/20 Somethings pastor at Seacoast Church. "Imagine the thousands of students we'll be able to reach and really care for."

Through "Adopt-A-Classroom" each child at Burns Elementary and Charleston Progressive Academy will receive one wrapped Christmas gift. Both are high-poverty schools. {}

"I just think its really important for every kid to have some sort of hope especially during the Christmas season," said Aubrey Butcher, also a freshman. {}"And, it's great that we could give toys to kids who might not be able to have much during Christmas."

The project shows that young people can begin giving back to their community sooner than later.

"The young people are the future of our community," Smith said. "So, if they're the ones rising up and taking the initiative to really impact even the next generation then our future is very bright."