BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is asking the community to adopt one of its 2021 Elves.

Inside the district’s central office a special tree sits in the lobby with several elf cards hanging. The cards represent students in the district that are classified as either homeless or in transition.

“This is a great opportunity for everyone to wrap their arms around the students in our district,” said EBRPSS Communication Director Letrece Griffin.

This year nearly 300 students were able to create a wish list seeking gifts that range from clothes and shoes to toys and electronics.

“Currently, we have about 90 elves still up for adoption,” said Griffin.

Connie Thymes stopped by the school district Wednesday afternoon to drop off a monetary donation. She said she decided to donate because there’s a need and she simply wanted to make a difference in a child’s life.

“At this time they’re not fortunate to get the things that they may need. The donation I give today can help many kids to have a gift,” said Thymes.

The students may never meet the gift giver, but for Thymes and the district, it’s all about the impact on a child’s life.

“It may be a difficult time right now, but it won’t always be that way,” said Thymes.

“There are people that may not know your name, may not know your circumstances, but we care enough about you to let you know that we want you to have that holiday cheer,” said Griffin.

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Any gift donated to 1050 S. Foster Dr. will find its way into the hands of a deserving child. Financial contributions made to the Elf Tree Project will be used to purchase toys, clothes, or hygiene products for EBRPSS students.