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On Tuesday, officials with Socorro ISD announced that El Dorado High School was recognized as the largest sponsor in the Salvation Army Angel Tree initiative, which provides assistance to El Paso families during the holidays.
More than 400 El Paso families were given toys, food, and clothing items this past holiday season, with El Dorado sponsoring half of those families as part of their community service efforts.
El Dorado students participate in the Salvation Army event every year, working with staff, friends, and fellow students to collect and donate toys, clothes, and bikes.
“Out of all our Aztec events that I help coordinate, the Aztec Angels is my favorite,” said El Dorado High School student activities director Theresa Maya.
Maya said the school accepted 200 angels to sponsor from the Salvation Army tree, despite the challenge of conducting the community service project in extraordinary times.
Even with students and staff working from home, she and her students were successful in promoting the annual event and collecting items for the families. It was impressive and inspirational to see everyone step up to gather donations, she said.
“Our staff and faculty continued to do their part this year as they have in previous years, and our Aztec Scholars helped this project be a success for 2020,” Maya said.
With the greater hardship experienced by many families who have been struggling financially and impacted by job loss during the pandemic, El Dorado’s contributions were more important than ever.
Their participation made a difference in the Salvation Army’s service to the El Paso community and they were highlighted in the organization’s newsletter for their generous efforts.