In 1997, when Heather Farrier’s son passed away at age 4 months—it started a heart-felt mission to help other vulnerable children.
“We took Christmas presents that we would give to him down to our local elementary school that year and asked them to give them to the neediest family they had,” said Heather.
In memory of their son, the next year Heather and her husband, Shawn, took presents for every child in a classroom. From there it blossomed to providing gifts for all of the Catholic Charities’ West Side Head Start classrooms in Avondale, Ariz.
“Now they give a gift to every child, and their siblings,” said Larry Campbell, Senior Program Director of West Side Head Start. “They are reaching hundreds of kids now.”
The Ferrier’s work all year long, getting donated toys and gift wrapping them. They work with the schools to make sure West Side Head Start students receive one gift and one for each sibling.
As Christmas approaches, a Santa visits Lattie Coor Elementary School, Michael Anderson School and Avondale South Head Start. The volunteer, playing Santa, hands out bags with multiple presents in each bag.
This past year, the Ferrier’s handed out 241 gifts. After 17 years of being so generous, the Ferriers are truly being Christmas elves bringing joy to all the children each year!