Bishop McVinney School benefits from Gregg's 'Giving Tree' program

Christmas came early for more than 250 students at Bishop McVinney School in Providence on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. (WJAR)

Christmas came early for more than 250 students at Bishop McVinney School in Providence on Monday.

Santa himself showed up to help celebrate!

"The boys and girls here are wonderful," Santa said. "We come here every year. Some of these children we've seen since they were in Pre-K."

Gifts were purchased in large part by customers, employees and vendors of Gregg's Restaurants as part of their annual Giving Tree program.

"The outpouring of generosity from the community at large to Gregg's for families they don't even know -- it's just amazing to me how much they give every year," said Principal Louis Hebert.

While 2017 marked the 22nd year of the project, Gregg's said they're giving out more presents than ever before.

Bishop McVinney is one of 18 schools and organizations benefitting from the program. Senior citizens and other adults are also recipients.

"There's more people in need. There just is," Bobbie Bacon of Gregg's said. "We're always worried we're not going to have enough, but you know what? We always have more than enough. And this year was crazy. People were so generous"

At Bishop McVinney, eighth graders pitched in to pass out presents.

"And they love helping as much as getting," Hebert said. "It means a lot to them to help out and see everybody else so happy."

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