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Anonymous Mrs. Claus continues wonderful tradition, with dresses for Paint Creek students


When the anonymous Mrs. Claus first approached Kara Hill more than a dozen years ago, she was overwhelmed.

A community member asked if she and her sister could donate dresses to a few students at Paint Creek Elementary. Hill, the school's Family Services Coordinator, quickly said yes.

Years later, the tradition continues as Hill shared this week when she distributed the dresses to a few fortunate students.

"They make them, they completely design them themselves and we get to give them to girls here at school," Hill said. "The amazing thing is that they want no thank you, they want no recognition, they just want the joy of helping someone have a great holiday."

Hill solicits advice from teachers and staff in the school about which students have had a difficult year and would appreciate the dresses. She calls them to the office unaware and then surprises them.

The card accompanying each dress and tights notes it comes from Mrs. Claus and there is $30 in cash added to purchase accessories with the dress.

"I hope you enjoy this and feel special," the card reads.

"Many of (the students) will choose to waear their dresses for our holiday parties and they love to twirl around and feel beautiful," Hill said.

When the dresses are presented, the tears often flow -- from the adults watching, understanding the generosity and care from the anonymous community members.

Holiday dresses at Paint Creek

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