St. Ann students continue decades-long tradition of giving

St. Ann students Jacqueline (L) and Ellie Platt load bags of gifts at the school Friday afternoon.
St. Ann students Jacqueline (L) and Ellie Platt load bags of gifts at the school Friday afternoon.

Students at St. Ann Catholic school continued a 30-year tradition today by loading presents for children in foster care in the Kansas City area.

Margaret Ruhlman was helping with the Christmas distribution Friday.
Margaret Ruhlman was helping with the Christmas distribution Friday.

The elementary and middle school students adopted the children as part of the Red Bag program so they would have a brighter Christmas. The students collected new stuffed animals, games, clothes and gift cards. The huge red bags of gifts lined the hallway until students loaded them onto a truck for distribution.

The Red Bag program began 30 years ago when St. Ann parishioner Daniel Jacobs saw a need to help struggling families during the holidays. The program was so successful that the juvenile courts asked him to develop a program for more than 1,500 children in foster care. He connected with St. Ann’s member Doreen Carbaugh to bring the program to St. Ann’s and it has been a tradition since then.