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Canfield students work to buy gifts for children



Published: Mon, December 19, 2011 @ 12:10 a.m.

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Morgan Leonard, 13, an eighth-grader, crosses a toy off the board Friday at Canfield Middle School. She was working on the Leo Club’s Operation Christmas Carol, which collects toys for needy children throughout the Canfield area. The Leo Club is a student affiliate of the Lions Club. Members of the club earned money to help buy presents for children.

By christine Keeling

ckeeling@vindy.com

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The holiday spirit is alive and well at Canfield Middle School.

For the fourth year, the school’s 40 classrooms purchased presents for children in the community.

Operation Christmas Carol, which is sponsored by the Leo Club (a student affiliate of the Lions club), is giving gifts to more than 80 youngsters this Christmas and has given presents to more than 380 kids since it started.

“We help Canfield because we are one big family,” said eighth-grader Morgan Leonard.

Leo Club participants’ motto is “we do nice stuff,” she said.

Each classroom was given a family with children. The students could pick the child they wanted to buy for, although they don’t know their identity. A list of needs and wants were provided by parents.

Several seventh-graders worked for the money to provide for others, which is encouraged.

Sophia D’Alesio raked leaves for her grandmother for $10, Lexie Page said she was given money from her parents because she helps at Angels for Animals, and Sara Rogers helped her grandparents so she could buy a bicycle.

“She might not have a bike,” Sara said about her child. “I know when I got my first bike, I was really happy.”

Not wanting another child to feel left out moved seventh-graders Elana Slemons, Maddie Keyse and Elizabeth Pilolli to each put in $20 to buy a bike for their girl. When they were short $15, Elana’s sister Brianna, 15, pitched in, too.

“I always get presents,” said Maddie. “But what if you came down and there was nothing under the tree?”

The gifts will continued to be delivered to the families before the holiday.


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1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 3 years ago

Great for these kids to share their wealth at Xmas with others!

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2asoundmind09(1 comment)posted 3 years ago

bmanresident,

I have never posted on vindy.com but after reading your comment I simply had to. What is wrong with you? Is it jealousy, vindictiveness, or are you just not a nice person. You have a bunch of children doing for other children. What do you really know about the kids in Canfield? What do you know about anyone else but yourself? I have seen unionforeever post things that I have not agreed with but have never seen them go after kids. In his post he praises the kids for doing for others. There are kids all over that are not going to have a "great" Christmas. And yes some of those kids even live in Canfield, Poland, Hudson and any other of the places you have scorn for. For the record I am from Austintown where we have kids that may need help as well. Some of these kids may read this article and unfortunately read your post. Words have meaning and many times they may hurt people that you do not intend for them to. You want to slam adults go ahead, but leave the kids out of it.

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3MLC75(590 comments)posted 3 years ago

bmanresident is a classic A-hole hater.Hey bmanresident get a life !

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4dawgalong(86 comments)posted 3 years ago

@bman,

Very poor judgement. Kids giving to kids. Children learning that no matter what you have or don't have you must help those less fortunate. I believe that a small percentage of the children involved in the project will benefit from the "silver spoon" senario. The rest will have learned a valuable lesson in regard to sharing and giving. If someday you need assistance, hopefully they'll be their for you in your old age. Maybe it will be their children who devote their time to sing for you at Christmas while you sit in the nursing home alone. Who did you help this Christmas?

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5hellokitty(161 comments)posted 3 years ago

Merry Christmas to the kids at CMS!

They are on their way to being caring, productive citizens :)

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