Franklin Tech Students Raise $2,900 For Christmas of Hope

Kids helping kids.


“I heard about it on the radio, and I thought this would be a great deal for students to help other students out in need.”


Students at Franklin Technology Center in Joplin raised $2,900 for Christmas of Hope, which will help 58 kids in the foster care system have a merrier Christmas this year. Construction Instructor Lorin Curtis says he heard about the program on News Talk KZRG, and couldn’t shake the feeling that he needed to get involved.


“You could tell who was kind of in foster care at maybe one time or another. It was the challenge to come in and do this and get all of the kids involved in it. I just feel blessed to be able to help.”


One of the students, Skylar Wilson, was once in foster care, and jumped at the chance to get involved.


“This fist time I heard of the idea, I was kind of amazed. I’ve been looking to learn how I can help kids, and with him bringing up the idea of helping with Christmas of Hope, I thought this was a good way to get involved.”


Curtis says he couldn’t be more proud of his students, and hopes to raise even more money for the program next year.


If you’d like to help, volunteers are still needed to help shop for the gifts. All you need to do is show up at the 15th Street Walmart in Joplin at 8 a.m Thursday morning in the garden center.