Christmas morning was a little merrier for local children thanks to the efforts of four Searsport District High School students.

Dec. 15, SDHS students Alex Hooper, Joe Lanpher and Caleb Norman delivered hundreds of dollars worth of toys to the Dan Rich Public Safety Building in Searsport, where Searsport Fire Chief Jim Dittmeier was there to greet the youths and thank them for their contribution.

The donation was made just ahead of Santa’s annual visit to the public safety building, which took place on the afternoon of Dec. 17, and included a toy drive to benefit the local organization Wings of Love. School-aged children who brought a toy donation along for their visit with the man in the red suit were also entered to win a ride to school on a fire truck.

The Dec. 15 toy delivery marked the end of a project that Hooper, Lanpher, Norman and fellow SDHS student Kaitlyn Bacon came up with at the beginning of the school year as part of Barbara Bubar’s Life On Your Own class.

Bubar said this is the first year that her students have done something like this, and that the project was the result of a brainstorming session the students engaged in during the fall. In October, Bubar said the students decided to make items such as Christmas trees crafted from pine cones and sell their creations as a way to raise money to buy toys for Wings of Love.

“It gives these guys a real sense of belonging to the community, and just being good citizens,” said Bubar.

Bubar said the fundraising effort brought in $273, and on Dec. 14 the students went to a local store where toys were marked down 50 percent.

“They were able to buy more than $400 worth of toys,” said Bubar. “Then we went to Pizza Hut to celebrate.”

“It was a lot of fun,” said Hooper of the shopping trip. “I’m a hands-on kind of person, so I really enjoy this kind of stuff.”

“This is one of those things that makes you feel really good about yourself, just helping out somebody else,” added Lanpher.