Some of Santa’s best helpers are Topeka High Junior ROTC cadets. Each Christmas season, the cadets collect thousands of canned goods and hundreds of toys to help make a merrier holiday for families in the community. This year is no different. Cadets collected 5,000 cans of food which were given to Lets Help. The cadets work with Toys for Tots. They bought toys and clothes for 35 families they adopted. The cadets do all the planning according to Gunner Kelley. They learn budgeting skills. The cadets determine how much money will be spent for each family, the items the family request and then they go shopping for the items. “It is self rewarding. We get to hand deliver some of the gifts,” said Cadet Lt. Colonel Zachery Vick.