The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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December 24, 2013

Santa's helpers: Area children work to help others during the holidays

PALESTINE —

While most children are waiting to receive gifts on Christmas morning, some local kids have been working behind the scenes to give to others.

Neches siblings Kinsley and Madison Gordon, with some assistance from their grandmother Ronda Wolf, put their creativity to good use this Christmas season — making and selling scarves, and using the proceeds to purchase toys for area children.

Kinsley, 8, learned how to make the scarves from her Neches Elementary School teacher, Mrs. Cox, and recruited her 7-year-old sister, and Wolf to make them, too.

“We have been working on them for about three weeks,” Kinsley said.

The girls sold the scarves for $10 each, raising a total of $240 so far (24 scarves).

“We are trying to teach them to give instead of getting all the time,” Wolf said. “We are proud of them for what they have done.”

After a trip to the local Walmart to purchase the toys, Wolf brought the girls to the Herald-Press to make their donation to the newspaper's Stocking Stuffers Christmas Toy Drive.

“It feels good,” Kinsley said. “It is nice to do something for somebody else and to know that there are kids out there that will be getting Christmas presents.”

Kinsley and Madison Gordon are the daughters of Jonathan and Suzy Gordon of Neches.

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Celina Hutcherson, 8, daughter of Charles and Jennifer Hutcherson, wanted to reach children in need for Christmas.

Celina asked her mother if she could buy some toys and give them to children that are less fortunate in the community. Saying she felt blessed, she really wanted to make others happy, too.

So together, they reached out to a couple of locations for assistance. They created flyers and had them passed out and placed large gift wrapped boxes at the locations for a Christmas toy drive.

Celina was able to collect a number of new toys, which were dropped off at the Herald-Press for toy drive. The toys were donated to local families who were in need of some help this year.

Celina hopes that local children in need have a wonderful Christmas.

“We are so proud of Celina for wanting to reach out and help others. She has a heart of gold and is always wanting to do something for others. We are truly the ones that have been blessed. We love her so much!” her mother said. “Thank you for all of the toy donations.”

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