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I’ve learned to appreciate what I have

You can help less-fortunate kids by donating toys

You can help less-fortunate kids by donating toys and clothes to local charities. Photo Credit: Kidsday staff artist / Nicholas Marotta, Ronkonkoma

From the time I was in kindergarten, I was taught a saying, “You get what you get and you don’t get upset.” What happens if you’re a kid who doesn’t get anything to get upset about? How is their everyday life?

I first thought about this when I was driving through Queens with my parents. We were in traffic when I noticed a lot of apartment buildings and homes with no yards. I asked my parents, “Where do they ride a bike?” “Where do they play football?” “Where do they swim?” I then realized the simple things that I can do every day, they can’t.

I started to think how I can change this or even just help some kids who may not have these everyday things. I went in my basement and separated the toys I wanted to keep and the toys I haven’t played with in a long time. I donated them to a local charity.

This past Christmas I went to Walmart and bought children-size winter coats, hats and gloves. My mom told me about how her work collected money for a family who didn’t even have a home. I was in shock that people could live that way. Earlier I was thinking they didn’t have toys, never that they didn’t have a home.

I’m going to start donating all my clothes and toys that I don’t use anymore to local shelters. I am even going to volunteer at those shelters.

I now realize how lucky I am to have what I have. I will never take what I have for granted. I hope I can help those kids who may need a little extra. That is my mission.

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