Students, teachers donate items for holidays

Published: Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 03:07 PM.

 “This turned out to be an awesome event. The high school went over the top and collected a lot more than I had hoped for,” Kathryn Ann O'Connor, Emerald Coast’s volunteer coordinator, said.

Toys filled Jennifer Richards' fourth-grade classroom this week at Riverside Elementary School, which presented a “Giving Instead of Receiving” toy drive.

“We’re running out of room, we might not be able to walk comfortably around here ... it is great problem to have,” Richards said before students left for Christmas break.

Students performed chores around the house to earn money for needy children’s gifts. Each student received the age and sex of the student to buy toys for. 

 “I cleaned my room and made my bed … I got around $10 to $15.” Linsey Bumgardner, 9, said. She bought clothes and building blocks for the child she selected.

Toys benefited the school’s students who come from lower-income families — a number that recently has grown, Richards said.

 “I have never sponsored more than 15 kids,” Richards said. “Right now, we have over 35 kids.”

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