IN12DAYS DELIVERS “12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS” TO underprivileged STUDENTS AT LAS VEGAS AND HENDERSON SCHOOLS
Two Weeks of Surprise Gifts Bring Hope and Relief to Four Students and Their Families
This holiday season, non-profit organization In12Days will bring 12 days of inspiring gifts to rekindle joy and hope in the hearts of four underprivileged students and their families. Gifts such as scholarships, family vacations and private concerts will pop out of unexpected places for these deserving children beginning Dec. 6.
“Having been through a difficult time during the holidays after losing my husband, I was fortunate enough to have friends who anonymously gave me 12 days of thoughtful gifts that lifted my family’s spirit,” said Suzanne Lea, founder of In12Days. “Not only are we aiming to help students and families in need, we also want to bring holiday joy and impactful gifts that inspire hope and happiness.”
Following a heartwarming 2011 that benefited five families and organizations, 2012 will focus on children’s educational needs across Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City. Recipients of this year’s gifts are four future students of DJ’s Community Christian Academy in Henderson, NV, The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain, Mountain View Christian School and Edward W. Clark High School in Las Vegas, NV.
In12Days seeks to recreate the 12 Days of Christmas with the following events:
Day 1 – A Partridge in a Pear Tree (Dec. 6)
A helium partridge carrying a hand-written prayer for an educational future along with an entire flock of doves will be released.
Day 2 – Two Turtle Doves (Dec. 7)
Mountain View Christian School Director Dr. Crystal Van Kempen Mclanahan emerges from a Scenic Airlines helicopter and presents the re-captured helium partridge from Day 1 and surprising news of being chosen as an In12Days recipient to an unsuspecting student.
Day 3 – Three French Hens (Dec. 8)
Students at Clark High School discover a French Hen piñata swinging from a tree in the courtyard. Upon cracking, it reveals a laptop, beanbag chair, school supplies, Brainium Gummy Vite Candies and- feathers to the delight of all.
Day 4 – Four Callings Birds (Dec. 9)
Phantom’s Phat Pack trio and In12Days’ founder Suzanne Lea pay a home visit to deliver news of a scholarship to The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain’s Summer Program and stay for an afternoon of high tea complete with musical entertainment and a sumptuous Smith’s basket of treats.
Day 5 – Five Golden Rings (Dec. 10)
DJ’s Community Christian Academy Director and students reveal a decorated apartment, five inscribed bangle bracelets and news of a scholarship to attend the Academy to the deserving family.
Day 6 – Six Geese A-Laying (Dec. 11)
Six Corvette drivers deliver surprises hidden in golden eggs, such as tickets for year-round hot lunches, a voucher for the school yearbook, school pictures, books, guitar lessons and a guitar.
Day 7 – Seven Swans A-Swimming (Dec. 12)
White Swan and two clowns from Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana whisk a Clark High School recipient out of class for a hair and makeup makeover complete with a new Cache outfit.
Day 8 – Eight Maids A-Milking (Dec. 13)
Ben and Jerry’s crew acts as first-day escort to scholarship recipient and surprises all DJ’s Community Christian Academy students with ice cream and waffles.
Day 9 – Nine Ladies Dancing (Dec. 14)
Nine dancing cheerleaders, a uniformed school band and students from Mountain View Christian School give a rousing welcome to recipient on his first day of school.
Day 10 – Ten Lords A-Leaping (Dec. 15)
A helicopter brings Mountain View Christian School recipient to Eldorado Canyon and Gold Mine for an afternoon of play and exploration with future classmates and 10 costumed Leaping Gold miners in ATVs.
Day 11 – Eleven Pipers Piping (Dec. 16)
Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Blue Man Group invite students from the recipients’ schools to an afternoon of ice skating followed by a scavenger hunt to find show tickets in hidden pipes. All In12Days recipients and their families continue their stay-cation with a dinner feast and an overnight resort stay.
Day 12 – Twelve Drummers Drumming (Dec. 17)
Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular and Jersey Boys cast, Cirque du Soleil and MO5AIC gather at Cirque du Soleil’s Mystére Theater at Treasure Island for a grand performance. Dedicated to all In12Days recipients and their classmates, performances include surprises such as a landslide of Dove Chocolate Promises for all.
In the spring of 2008, founder Suzanne Lea’s husband Bryan died suddenly of a heart attack. Nine months after his passing, Lea and her sons received the gift of “12 Days of Christmas,” based on the popular holiday song, from anonymous church friends, moving the family from devastation to a euphoria so profound that it changed their lives forever. To pay it forward, the Leas created In12Days to share the joy they felt and deliver two weeks of life-changing gifts to those in need of inspiration. The organization seeks to rekindle hope in the hearts of those who are struggling at any time of year, but especially those suffering during the holiday season.