Columbia, SC (WLTX)- The annual Hope for the Holidays assembly at Richland Northeast was full of students who have spent the last few months working to help others.
The group H.O.P.E 365 started collecting toys, cans and coats nearly 3 months ago.
"We stood outside of Food Lion and collected carts full of cans in the cold and rain," said Chloe Beckham.
Beckham, a senior at Richland Northeast, says they collected more than 800 coats, 44,000 cans and 600 toys. But there was one family in particular they wanted to help this Christmas.
"We all watched the WLTX video and a few of us were moved to tears," said Beckham. "it is very clear what we are all called to do and this was the chance to do something different."
With the help of Whole Foods, students involved with H.O.P.E 365 presented the O'Neill family with a check for $13,586 dollars.
Glenn and Cara O'Neill accepted the check for their daughter Eliza, the 4-year-old suffers from a rare genetic disease called Sanfilippo Syndrome Type-A.
"This is a great surprise and what a way to start the holiday season for us," said Cara O'Neill.
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The money will go toward a clinical trial that could possibly reverse the rare genetic disease.
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