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Brookside Students Donate to Toys for Tots

YORKTOWN, N.Y.-- When third grade-student Jessica Deleski heard that she had the opportunity to donate a toy to children her age who didn't have the means to get toys, she said it wasn't a question in her mind.

Deleski was just one of hundreds of students from Brookside Elementary School who donated an estimated 600 toys to Toys for Tots.

"You are going to make a big difference in a little girl or little boy's life this holiday season, you should all be so proud of yourselves," said Lisa Santosusso, a co-organizer of the event.

Santosusso explained that in the past only the third grade students donated the toys to Toys for Tots, but this year it was opened up through the whole school.

"They were very excited to be part of something, part of a community that is bigger than themselves," she said.

Lance Corporal Robert S. Kaplan is collecting the toys at Toys R' Us in Yorktown, as well as at the Jefferson Valley Mall, and said it was great to see the kids at the school donating.

"It's nice to see young kids giving to other kids their own age who might not be able to have toys this holiday season," Kaplan said. "It's great how excited they get to hand it to us or put it in the box and know they're doing something good."

Kaplan said he will be collecting toys until Christmas Eve, which are being donated to two local pantries in Yorktown.

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