“I can’t believe I got the Legos! This is exactly what I wanted!”
The sounds of ripping Christmas paper and squeals of delight bounced off the gymnasium walls on Friday as students at Edwin J. Kiest Elementary School opened gifts from their wish lists. Employees from Salesforce, a business management consulting firm, purchased and donated the gifts and smiled wide as they watched the students’ reactions.
“The excitement these kids have in their eyes when they open the presents is priceless,” Kiest Elementary Principal Gerardo Hernandez said.
Kiest Elementary School counselor Keich Willis and teacher Kaitlyn Carlstrom coordinated the event on the school side.
For Salesforce, the employees had almost as much fun as the students.
“Our office is roughly 200 people, and this is one of the best days of the year,” said Eric Carlstrom of Salesforce. “The folks who are able to break away from work for a few hours and participate, everyone raves about it all year and it’s something we look forward to.”