GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) – Holidays are a perfect time to spend with loved ones, but they’re also a perfect time to pay your good fortune forward.

District 51 students had some fun, while sharing a few lessons of their own on generosity and holiday giving.

The kids broke their own piggy banks to help the local nonprofit Strive in its mission to help people in need.

When a student led group at Independence Academy Charter School learned about Strive’s mission to help people gain independence and they came up with a first of it’s kind fundraiser.

Lisa Gonzales, a new teacher at Independence Academy along with eight of her students started the Grand Valley’s first Kindness Club.

The club’s first fundraiser, collecting spare change and delivering candy canes banked $600 for Strive.

Students tell us their holiday wish was to spread some good cheer. “A lot of people should do this because a lot of people need stuff and especially that family because they didn’t have enough money to afford clothes and presents for the holidays so we thought it would be nice to support and help them,” Millo Bhagatran, student at Independence Academy said.

Another student says, “People don’t always ask for toys, they ask for the things that they need and its for parents and for kids,” Emry Bhagatran said.

Strive will pay the Kindness Club funds forward, giving gifts to families in it’s Christmas Basket Program.

Chief Financial Officer Doug Sorter accepted the check on behalf of Strive and says this is the first donation the non-profit has ever seen from students.

Sorter says Strive would love to see more District 51 students follow the Kindness Club’s example, and pay it forward.