NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - While many high school students spent their Friday night out enjoying the weekend, some in North Myrtle Beach found themselves at Walmart being selfless.
Friday marked the 14th year for the Christmas Angels event.
More than 500 students were involved in raising more than $20,000 to “adopt” children from the three elementary schools in North Myrtle Beach who may not otherwise have a Christmas.
Digital journalist Casey Watson attended the event to see first hand what goes into making something like this happen.
This year, the students adopted 194 children.
Each child fills out a wish list which the high school students use to buy gifts at Walmart.
Myatt Hardiick is a North Myrtle Beach alum and is now a junior at the University of South Carolina. She began participating in this event her freshman year of high school, seven years later she comes home from College each December to be apart of the giving.
“It just means so much to me that we are giving back so much to the kids," Hardiick said. "My step mom is a teacher at one of the schools and so I see first-hand some of the kids that she has to deal with and just the things and struggles that they go through and it means so much to give back locally.”
The elementary students will be given some of their Christmas gifts on Saturday by “Santa’s Elves” and they’ll open the rest of the gifts Christmas morning.