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Operation: Billings Child wraps gifts for homeless students

Posted at 6:25 PM, Dec 16, 2018
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:50:44-04

About 250 children attending classes in School District Two are homeless.

Operation: Billings Child helps give them Christmas gifts.

The last day for the group to Child to collect gifts is Monday.

The Billings Kiwanis helped start the project in 2013 and several businesses have joined the effort.

The group’s founder, Billings City Council Member Penny Ronning, talked about how gifts help the students.

“When someone hands us a beautifully wrapped gift, there’s just this uniqueness about it that makes you feel special,” Ronning said. “And that’s the connection we want that child to have and to feel. We deliver the gifts to school district two and then educators give the gifts to the children, just to strengthen that bond with the child and school.”

Ronning says typically, the number of homeless children increases by the end of the school year.

The drop-off points for donations are at This House of Books and Rocky Mountain Bank branches downtown and at the west end.