CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Friday kicks off a two week holiday giving event. It includes fun things like stuffed animals for some very deserving children, but officials tell me their favorite items to receive? Bags of apples.

“We have an opportunity to brighten children’s Christmases,” said Kate Mora, Regional VP for Walmart NC.

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and Walmart kicked off the third annual 'Santa Express' on Friday morning, delivering apples, toothbrushes and other items to students at Highland Renaissance Academy.

Over 17,000 high-need elementary school students in 38 schools across 17 counties will receive some holiday cheer.

"We’ve got amazing fresh produce: bag apples, school uniforms, school supplies, and other items that were sure the kids in this community and school will appreciate,” said Mora.

Officials say three to four deliveries will be made every day over the next two weeks.

The Second Harvest Food Bank says over 180,000 children in the region are at risk of hunger. Events like this one will help put an end to that statistic.