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Kids Learn Valuable Lesson of Giving For Holidays

KATONAH, N.Y--Thanksgiving is just around the corner, bringing thoughts of recipes, family, eating, and relaxing. But before the week is through, many locals have taken it upon themselves to give back to the community, even the youngest ones.

This past week, the children of Lissie’s Katonah Playschool made their way from school to the Community Center of Northern Westchester, dragging along their red wagon filled with Thanksgiving goodies and important lessons.

Once the children brought the food into the center, with help from Anne Harris, the director of the school, the food was weighed and stored, giving the students an understanding of what they accomplished.

“We hope they go back feeling great about what they’ve done and begin to appreciate and feel pride in participating and helping other people, even at that age,” said Sherry Wolf, executive director of the center.

Clare Murray, assistant director of the center, knows how beneficial any gift is for the center. The fact the gifts came from such small members of society was as an added bonus.

“The more food donated to the center, the more help we can be in getting that food into the hands of those families in need,” she said. “It is also wonderful for people to learn generosity and compassion at a young age by being involved in donating to the Community Center."

Harris agreed, noting that the early beginning of lessons of compassion are invaluable to not only the community, but the individual as well.

“The children need to learn how to be good stewards,” she said. “They need to grow up and learn how to be good citizens and help other people. So this is where we start.”

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