One teacher decided to take matters into her own hands.

The holiday season is supposed to be one of joy, cheer, and giving. Unfortunately for some people, however, the season can be a tense one.

People worry about where they will get the money to pay their bills, never-mind the concerns over how they will afford gifts.

When a preschool director in Indiana realized that many of her students’ parents were struggling to choose between paying their bills and buying their children presents, she decided to take matters into her own hands. 

Why One Teacher Became an Uber Driver

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Renee Dixson’s students were facing a holiday season without gifts, a situation that she deemed unacceptable. The COVID pandemic had cost many people their jobs and incomes, and money was tight. So, she decided she would play Santa with a little help from her friends…and Uber.

She started working nights and weekends driving for the company to earn extra money. Her goal was to earn enough money to buy a Christmas present for all 50 of her students and all of the staff members at her workplace, the Lynhurst Baptist Church Preschool.

Renee was committed, stating that she would drive Uber until Christmas Eve if she had to, nobody was going to be left behind this holiday season. 

Renee told her friends and family about her plan, and many generously offered to pitch in and donate to her cause. With the extra money, Renee has already made many big trips to Target to stock up on gifts and toys for the children.

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She’s stashing them in her office, which is looking more and more like Santa’s workshop every day. Renee doesn’t blame the parents for not being able to provide gifts for their children — she understands that some years are tougher than others. 

“I know how it feels to be down as a child because your parent doesn’t have anything. These children, their world just turned upside down on ‘em, no fault of theirs,” Renee said.

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Renee is committed to providing an amazing holiday experience for the kids because she’s able to, and she doesn’t want to let them down. Her kindness is an example for all of us.

Renee used her spare time to fund the project, and she was motivated by love for the children she teaches. Renee and her amazing team of helpers really embody the holiday spirit.

Thanks to them, more children will have happy memories this year, and that’s what Christmas is all about!

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