Students, staff at Concordia Lutheran High School help Christmas Bureau provide gifts for families in need

Concordia Lutheran High School junior J.D. Schuller, front, and senior Samantha Blanchard wrap a gift for their Christmas Bureau family Tuesday before the gifts were taken to the Allen County Christmas Bureau for distribution to the 33 families adopted this year by the school's students, faculty and staff. (Courtesy of Concordia Lutheran High School)
Concordia Lutheran High School senior Emily Mitchell wraps a Christmas gift Tuesday morning before it and other gifts were delivered to the Allen County Christmas Bureau for the 33 families in need the school adopted through the Christmas Bureau. (Courtesy of Concordia Lutheran High School)
Concordia Lutheran High School students sophomore Briana Whitt, left, and freshman Aubrie Williams carry a box of Christmas gifts for Allen County Christmas Bureau families to the school's front entry area Tuesday morning. The gifts then were loaded on a truck for delivery to the Christmas Bureau. Behind them, carrying a box, is junior Natalie Shutt. (Courtesy of Concordia Lutheran High School)

Concordia Lutheran High School students, faculty and staff have been helping the Allen County Christmas Bureau program for decades, and they continued spreading Christmas cheer this year by adopting 33 families.

The families include 117 people – 36 adults, 21 teenagers, 47 grade school-age children and 13 babies, the school said in an announcement.

Students, faculty and staff at Concordia, 1601 St. Joe River Drive, donated 364 boxes of gifts, six bicycles and two sleds to help make the families’ Christmases brighter, the announcement said.

Students worked Tuesday morning to wrap and package gifts before taking them to the school’s front entry area, the announcement said. From there, the gifts were loaded onto a truck and driven to the Christmas Bureau.

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