TOBYHANNA. MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Sometimes parents have little money left over for holiday presents. But a local company is stepping up once again to make sure struggling families have a little something tucked under the tree.
Sanofi Pasteur employees adopted 38 Monroe County Head Start families, who can’t afford to put presents under the tree. Their Christmas wish lists were fulfilled the generosity barely fitting inside a giant truck.
“There’s literally thousands of items,” said Ellyn Schindler of Sanofi Pasteur.
Employees bought the kids bikes, basket balls, electronic toys, and clothes. For now – the wrapped gifts are tucked away in an empty Head Start classroom at the Mountain Center in Tobyhanna.
“We have a brand new twin sized bed we delivered for a five year old little girl. We have four brand new tires for a family who needed tires for their vehicle.” Added Schindler
A classroom is so packed with gifts employees had to made a pathway to get through.
“When we go to our families and ask ‘do you want to be adopted for Christmas?’ They have no idea, they have not a clue what’s coming,” said Jacqueline Lapping, Pocono Services for Families and Children.
For the parents, this is nothing short of a Christmas miracle.
“They cry, some they cry. They just can’t believe that people that don’t know them at all would do this for their families,” said Lapping.
Sanofi has done this the past 23 years. This year, there were so many gifts – an extra van was needed.