WOODBURY - Suffolk students are stepping in for Santa this Christmas after a Shirley family nearly lost everything in a fire yesterday.

Students from Charles E. Walters Elementary School and Longwood Middle School have donated piles of personal items and more than $2,500 to Kuanita Roundtree and her three daughters.

A massive fire gutted their apartment yesterday morning. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

A local Walmart also donated shoes and clothes to the family.

Students help Shirley family devastated by apartment fire