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Canutillo students surprised with Santa, warm jackets and teddy bears

Nearly 200 Canutillo elementary and middle school students were given an early Christmas present on Tuesday.

Nearly 200 Canutillo elementary and middle school students were given an early Christmas present on Tuesday. Their gifts: a warm jacket and a stuffed animal.

"I think this is the most gratifying part of a job. To see these kids so excited and so grateful," said Dr. Monica Reyes, CISD director of student support services.

Officials with the Canutillo School District say this is one of the largest coat giveaways of the year for the district.

"Students need to focus on their school, their schoolwork, not necessarily whether they're going to be warm or they're going to be able to get something for Christmas, whether they're going to have food on the table," Dr. Reyes said.

The Knights of Columbus is the group spreading the holiday cheer.

"This is the second year working with the Canutillo school district and over the last two years, we've given away over 400 coats," Mike Doblado,

Knights of Columbus grand knight, said.

The charity held events throughout the year, raising $4,000 to buy the coats and stuffed animals.

"I'm looking at them with their coats on, and they're so proud. It's just amazing what it does. It's so heartwarming," Doblado said.

If you would like to help students in need, contact the Canutillo School District at (915) 877-7400.

They have a community closet and food pantry that people can donate to.

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