Monroe County Head Start Students Get Surprise Visit

EAST STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Low-income families can't always afford to give their kids the Christmas of their dreams. But a surprise visit had Head Start students grinning from ear to ear.

It was just another day at school, until a jolly man came walking down the hall to visit all the good boys and girls in Monroe County's Head Start program.

"I was happy 'cuz Santa came today," smiles Kayleigh Charles, four years old.

They even filled Santa in on their wish list.

"I went on Santa's lap to tell him what I want for Christmas," says Mellina Rosa, four years old.

Beneath the beard and big  belly, Santa is actually a familiar face. This is Denny Douds, East Stroudsburg University's head football coach.

"It's pretty funny actually. Kind of crazy!" says Michelle Dyck, student athlete.

Santa's little helpers are about 50 student athletes. They put on this holiday party for the preschoolers every year.

"We just think it's a great way for the athletes to band together and give back to our local community," says Samantha Miller, Student Athletic Advisory Committee.

And the kids won't go home empty handed, Santa gave them some early gifts.

"Santa give people presents if you be good," Charles exclaims.

They also made crafts.

Miller laughs, "I don't know who has more fun, the students or the kids!"

This may be the only time these kids can see Santa.

"We understand some of the difficult situations Head Start students are in sometimes," says Greg Knowlden, Sports Information Director.

A holly jolly head start to Christmas.


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