PEEKSKILL, N.Y. Like many children, the students at First Hebrew Nursery are looking forward to getting presents this holiday season.
But students at the school are also learning about the joy of giving this season, too.
A lot of children dont get any toys for Christmas, explained student Thea Thompson as she looked at unwrapped toys being collected by the nursery.
I have a lot of toys, so other children should have toys, too, added her classmate Madison McCorvey.
All the nurserys students helped create a train that is in the front lobby of the school. The train, named the "First Hebrew Nursery School Donation Express," was created to encourage students and their families to donate toys, non perishable foods, gloves, scarves and hats, which will be donated to the Peekskill Salvation Army to help local families, said director Lori Micucci.
Were collecting anything people in need would want food, gloves, hats, scarves, toys. Its all going to the Salvation Army, Micucci said. We have parents who work at Salvation Army whose child goes here, so we asked them if they could bring the stuff over to the Salvation Army when were done.
Each class created a box, or box car if you will, and the boxes are decorated with photos and pictures. Micucci said donations of any kind of non-perishable food is welcome, including canned goods and things like dry pasta. The school will be collecting donations during school hours from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. up until Dec. 23.
In related news, the First Hebrew Congregation itself is holding a coat drive to collect new or used coats for the needy from Dec. 12 to Dec. 18. Contact Daniela Rosen or call the office at (914) 739-0500 to arrange a time and day for drop-off.
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