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Campus embraces two children for holiday giving

Northeast Campus used a fundraiser to buy toys and clothes for children served by the DePelchin Children’s Center in Houston.

Campus Director Dora Morrow said students in all grade levels participated in the DePelchin Children’s Center Holiday Project.  According to its website, the center is committed to meeting the needs of children as one of the largest providers of mental health, foster care and adoption services in Texas.

The school sponsored two children, ages 5 and 10, who provided a wish list of items. However, the center also provided a list – items the children needed, not wanted. Still, toys and games were part of the Northeast Campus package.

The younger child, a boy, wanted toy trucks, a portable DVD player and movies. His needs were tennis shoes, shirts and pants.  The older child, a girl needed boots, a winter jacket and blue and brown pants. She wanted an MP3 player, a radio and jewelry and hair accessories.

Students used a “Dress Down” day, in which they provide money for the privilege of “dressing down,” to raise the cash to purchase the items. First-grade teacher Paula Reynolds delivered the goods to a center  drop off facility, where she was greeted with thanks.

“This was a worthwhile project for our students and gives them an understanding of what sharing and giving is all about,” Ms. Morrow said.

DePelchin said that last year, generous donors fulfilled the holiday wishes of more than 1,300 children and even more are in need this year.

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