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Northside students donate own toys to good cause

Published 9:06am Thursday, December 26, 2013

Would you give one of your favorite toys or books to someone in need?

Preschoolers at Northside Child Development Center in Niles were asked that question in the days leading up to Christmas.

Their response was a resounding “yes” as the approximately 260 students donated more than 300 toys Friday to the Women’s Care Center of Niles.

Katie Miller, Northside secretary, said giving up a prized possession could be a difficult proposition for 4 and 5 year olds.

“It is hard for us as adults giving up something that we like or enjoy, but by telling them this is something you can give to somebody else teaches a good lesson,” Miller said. “We had some families that didn’t have kids who go to school here participate. It kind of became a family thing where everyone wanted to bring something.”

This was the first year Northside implemented the program, which fits with the school’s mission as “mini Vikings” to listen, be nice and do.

“We do for others, we listen to what other people are requesting or asking or their needs. And then we are nice,” Miller said.

“It was good. There were some kids that were reluctant to give away their toys. A few put the toy by the tree and then came back and got it. But they ended up either bringing it back or bringing in another toy.”

Toys were collected during the week and placed underneath a Christmas tree in the school’s gymnasium. On Friday, students, staff and parent volunteers helped box up the toys and deliver them to the Women’s Care Center.

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