ROCKLAND — South School Student Services in Rockland finished up their yearly holiday help programs on Thursday, Dec. 15, with the parent pick up event.

Some of the gifts collected for South School.

South School has two holiday help programs. They utilize the Portland Press Herald Toy Fund which provides three toys to every child in the home, as well as their own program called Want/Wear/Need/Read which provides four items to the students who apply. One item the child wants, one thing to wear, one thing they need, and the “read” category is either a book, game or craft. There are a high number of families in need at South School and these programs help ensure that students do not go without for Christmas. The school has built some amazing relationships with community sponsors over the years who truly enjoy helping students. This year 55 South School students and 37 siblings were sponsored for a total of 91 students.

South School would like to thank community sponsors for making this possible for families: The Portland Press Herald Toy Fund, Fisher Engineering, Five County Credit Union, Cates Realty, PBNJ Self Storage, Rockland Fire Department, Rockland Firefighters Union, Penbay Pharmacy, Allen Agency Rockland Office, Carole Wright & The Masiello Group Rockland Office, Fletcher Smith-McNaobe, J. Edward Knight Rockland Office, Michelle Plourde, Madi Knowlton, Tabitha Varney, Meredith Blakesly, Monica Karam, and donors who prefer to stay anonymous.