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Inland nonprofit group brings Christmas to needy children’s classrooms

December 18, 2017




The joy on children’s faces drives Maria Vazquez to keep expanding a program she created 13 years ago to hand out Christmas gifts to children in elementary schools serving low-income Inland neighborhoods.

Her nonprofit group, Christmas in the Classroom, was busy this week delivering presents to students at five schools in Jurupa Valley, Fontana and Pomona.

Children at Troth Street Elementary School in Jurupa Valley received their gifts — and a visit from Santa Claus — on Thursday, Dec. 14.

The group collects money to buy toys that volunteers wrap. The gifts then go to children at schools that receive federal Title I money because…

Get in the Holiday Spirit This Year with “Christmas in the Classroom”

October 31, 2016

Fall has flown by, which means that winter will soon be upon us. With winter and the cooler weather, comes the long-awaited and anticipated holidays. As the holiday season closes in, thoughts of Christmas trees, colorfully wrapped presents and beautiful red and green lights are likely filling your head. There’s gingerbread house kits in the stores, advertisements for Black Friday and holiday movies begin to stream through your television set. You start to write down your Christmas list, jotting down the names of everyone that you need to purchase gifts for this holiday season. Your children, mother, father, sisters, brothers, cousins, coworkers and friends that are close to your heart likely…

Thank You for Making Christmas 2014 Very Merry

February 18, 2015

Thanks to everyone who helped us surpass our goals for Christmas giving in 2014.

At the beginning of 2014, we asked for $15,000 in donations to help support our goal of making sure every student in our target schools received a special Christmas gift. You guys met our need and more!

We received $15,274 (102 percent of our financial goal!) plus snacks, wrapping paper, and lots of hours of help from our generous sponsors and volunteer helpers.

Thanks to this generous support, 3,400 schoolchildren from some of the Inland Empire’s poorest Title One elementary schools received a specially wrapped toy plus an even bigger Christmas gift—the love that was shown through a hug from Santa or a smile from one of his…

Maria Vasquez Recognized as One of Inland Empire’s Unsung Heroes

January 23, 2015

“Christmas angel” celebrates Christmas in the Classroom’s 10th year of giving.

Recently, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin’s feature series on “unsung heroes” in the local community recognized Maria Vasquez as a “Christmas angel” for her tireless dedication to making the Christmas season a little brighter for kids in the Inland Empire’s Title 1 schools.

Though Vasquez always insists, “It’s not about me, it’s about the children,” there’s no denying that Christmas in the Classroom wouldn’t exist without her and the many volunteers and sponsors she’s inspired to give to her cause each year.

Vasquez founded Christmas in the Classroom in 2004, after learning from her schoolteacher daughter that the majority of the students in her class were not expecting to receive any…

A Letter From Maria Vazquez

July 14, 2014

With the holidays nearly upon us and as you prepare for your celebration, I hope you will consider helping us bring Christmas in the Classroom.  This year continues to be very difficult for many families.  Many parents are still without jobs. This holiday season will be especially trying for the children of these families who, without your help, will not receive a gift for Christmas.

Last year, Christmas in the Classroom was able to provide gifts for over 3,200 children at Juniper and Date Elementary Schools in Fontana, San Antonio Elementary in Pomona, and Troth Elementary School in Mira Loma, California.  These schools are Title One schools which means the majority of the students come from economically-challenged backgrounds.  Santa and…