Winston Academy K-5 class donates Christmas gifts to St. Jude’s children

From staff and press reports

Christmas time for many children is a time to receive gifts but one Winston Academy classroom chose to give gifts instead.

Winston Academy teacher Cynthia Lyles noted that her K-5 class voted to send toys to St. Jude rather than exchange gifts with one another.

“We talked about the gift of Jesus and they voted to give a gift to St. Jude rather than exchange gifts,” said Lyles.

The toys will be added to the donations Taylor Machine Works has collected and will be sending to St. Judes.

“The children are excited about helping others,” said Lyles.

Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life- threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting or following us on and stjude.