Woodrow Price uses social media campaign to collect gifts for students at Warren Central Intermediate

Warren Central Intermediate in Vicksburg, Mississippi has 489 students. Thanks to one Alcorn State University alumnus, all of them will get a Christmas gift.

Woodrow Price, a teacher at the school who graduated from Alcorn in 2007, received toy donations via a social media campaign for his fourth annual holiday initiative, Operation Give. The gifts will be given to the students Thursday, Dec. 20.

The holiday event was born back in 2015 when Price, who was a second-grade teacher at Sherman Avenue Elementary in Vicksburg, took an interest in the students’ Christmas letters to Santa. The majority of the students requested bikes for Christmas, so Price was moved to supply a bike for the 30 student class.

He upped the ante in 2016 when his initiative enabled him to give scooters and helmets to all first-grade students at Sherman Avenue. Then in 2017, Price was able to provide every student in the school a gift.

Because of his strong religious beliefs, Price was faithful that his plans would come to fruition. 

“As a faith walker, I never doubted being able to get the gifts,” said Price. “I was excited to know that God has made provision for the vision he gave me.”

It is a satisfying feeling for Price to know that he contributed to his community in such a significant way. 

“I understand the struggle many parents go through. On Christmas morning, I can wake up knowing that every child at Warren Central Intermediate would have received something. If I never receive another gift or accolade, I know that I have done something from the heart to reach children.”