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Most of the students enrolled at Lynhurst Baptist Church Preschool in Indianapolis are children of parents who have worked as essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic, and nearly all are from families that fall at or below the poverty line, according to the preschool’s director, Renee Dixon.
And all 50 of the preschool’s students, plus their siblings, received Christmas presents this year thanks to Dixon, who has spent her weeknights and weekends for the past year as an Uber and Lyft driver in order to make extra money to buy them gifts.
“A lot of the parents were telling me they can’t buy their kids anything,” Dixon told “Good Morning America.” “I know how that feels, and I never want a child to ever feel that things you dream about never, ever come true, or that things you pray about never come true, or that the world isn’t fair because of their living situation.”
“I want them to feel that somebody did this for me, and I didn’t ask them to do it for me, but they did it anyways,” she said.
Dixon, a teacher for the past 25 years, began a side job as an Uber driver four years ago when she was a classroom teacher and needed extra money to buy gifts for her students.