Huntsville woman collects gifts for deserving students

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Rosemary Jordan is at it again. A few months ago, she was determined to gather school uniforms for students in need; this time, she needs Christmas gifts.

"Most of these students were in our program previously so we look to help the parents and make their Christmas a little bit brighter," Jordan said.

The program is just one of many community initiatives that Jordan leads through her Huntsville-based organization, Empowerment Through Change.

She now heads a holiday gift and sponsor program called "Gifts-En-Motion," now on its second year.

Individuals can sponsor an honor roll student who attends a Title I school. Jordan said her program aims to provide a "hand up" and not a "hand down" for students whose families live on low incomes. She focuses specifically on kids who work hard at school.

"Their financial situation does not define who they are," Jordan said.

Her mission continued on Tuesday when Jordan picked up donated bikes at an auto repair center in Huntsville.

Jordan first approached mechanic Eugene Leslie with her school uniform project.

"Rosemary came over and talked to me about these kids when school started. It was the first I heard of it about school uniforms so I said, well I'd like to help you," Leslie said.

Because of that spirit, two deserving kids will get a new bike for Christmas.

"I do want to say this, the community has been awesome. We have a lot of support within the community," Jordan said.

Jordan will give the donated gifts to students during a party at the Huntsville-Madison County Library Saturday afternoon.

She is still looking for those interested in sponsoring a student to mentor and to fulfill their Christmas wish list.

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