Manor Heights Collecting Presents for the Salvation Army

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Local third graders bought Christmas presents for Casper families in need.

Manor Heights Elementary third graders began their tenth Salvation Army giving tree project Monday.

Teachers said so far, they have collected close to three-thousand dollars.

One third grader told News 13 he enjoys giving Christmas presents to others.

Christian Mascereanas commented, "We do this so kids can have presents and so that they can celebrate the holiday."

Organizers shared with News 13 raffle tickets are for sale and half of the money raised goes to the winner.

The other half helps students purchase items for giving tree families.

Teachers said in nine years they have spent over 40-thousand dollars on gifts.

Their goal is to reach 50-thousand this year.