St. Ann students continue 31-year tradition of giving with Red Bag program

St. Ann students
St. Ann students Elanor Hlobik and Karoline Nelson get bags ready for loading. Henry Morgan is in the background.

Students at St. Ann Catholic school have been helping children in foster care have a brighter Christmas for 31 years. This year is no exception and the students in elementary and middle school were able to set a new record for the number of children and families they were able to help.

The students adopted the 106 children and six families as part of the Red Bag program, keeping the 31-year tradition alive at the school on Mission Road in Prairie Village. The students collected new stuffed animals, games, clothes gift cards and personal items for 133 recipients this year.

The Red Bag started 31 years ago by St. Ann parishioner Daniel Jacobs. The program now focuses on children in foster care. St. Ann students gathered Friday to load the Red Bags, each identified for an individual recipient, for deliver.

St. Ann students
Kyle Ivey and Anna Swanson carry bags to the waiting truck.