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Fayetteville Tech Students Make Sure Santa Visits Migrant Children

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SAMPSON COUNTY — Some of Santa's helpers worked overtime on Monday. A group of students fromFayetteville Technical Community Collegemet on campus to spread some last-minute Christmas cheer to children of migrant farm workers.

More than 100 students donated candy, clothes and other goodies to the children. There are more than 150,000 workers in the state, and some people say their needs are often forgotten.

"These people don't have government protection or assistance, which means their kids don't get anything," says volunteer Cheryl Thomas. "Whatever we can do as private citizens is all they have."

For many of the students who gave, Christmas will not be the last time they hear from the children. The volunteers enclosed a self-addressed stamped envelope in the gift boxes so they can keep in touch all year.

"It has to be one of the most rewarding things I could have done," Thomas says. "Their faces just light up. The kids don't have christmas other than this, and this is what Christmas is all about."