Youth help needy families

GILBERT, Ariz. — Six months of planning and organizing came off without a hitch Dec. 15 as 76 youth of the Gilbert 9th Ward, Gilbert Arizona Val Vista Stake, provided Christmas for 38 needy families, including youngsters from a neighboring elementary school. The massive service project completed after months of planning included transportation to the Church, gifts, a turkey dinner, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and some heartwarming experiences that touched both the teens and the youngsters. A favorite activity was a chance to "go shopping" as young men and young women helped youngsters select gifts for family members from hundreds of gifts donated by ward members and set up in the cultural hall.

Principal Sandi Kuhn seemed as happy as her young charges.