A group of students at the Essie Mae Kiser Foxx Charter School receive a handshake and backpacks of love from older students during a Thursday presentation at the East Spencer school. A number of donors came together to provide items for the children before the holidays. Shown are Rowan County Commissioner Craig Pierce, center, and his wife, Melissa, who were instrumental in getting the bags together. In addition shown are Rowan Sheriff Kevin Auten, left, and Senator Carl Ford. Shavonne Walker/Salisbury Post.