One hundred Campestre Elementary School students received new jackets thanks to a fundraiser by a motorcycle club.
The Lumbre Motorcycle Club, a non-profit group who raised the money through enchilada plate sales, donated the coats to Campestre. The group did the same thing three years ago, said Angie Morales, the counselor at Campestre Elementary School.
“We are so thankful for Lumbre,” Morales said. “In our community we see students who really need a jacket. When we had our first cool weather, I saw some students in really thin jackets or no jackets. It makes me so happy to see the faces of these students. They are happy.”
“We do this for the kids,” Castaneda said. “I get very emotional. They say thanks, hug you and you cry. They don’t expect these kinds of things.”
The parents and students were grateful for the jackets that will help shield them from the winter weather.
“What a nice thing for them to do,” said Jesus Gonzalez, grandfather to Vicente Gonzalez, a second grader at the school. “We ride our bicycles everywhere and this jacket will keep him warm.”
Principal Rosie Vasquez is not surprised that Lumbre donated jackets, she said.
“It warms my heart to see what they have done,” Vasquez said. “Now, my kiddos will be able to come to school and not be cold this winter.”