BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Members of the Village Lutheran Church Youth Group, grades 3 through 8, joined together on Thursday, Dec. 8, in Bronxville for a night of service to the community.
Each young person brought in a Christmas present that will be given to a child who is at-risk or in foster care in Westchester County. Together they wrapped the toys, games, books and other gifts, which will help brighten another child's Christmas morning.
Approximately 30 children participated in this annual tradition, and together they wrapped more than 50 presents, according to a release from Village Lutheran Church.
The youth group has been donating and wrapping gifts for at least 10 years and hopes to continue the tradition, the release said.
“Since we are blessed with more than we need, it is our responsibility to share with those less fortunate,” said Kate Marino, a music teacher at The Chapel School and youth minister at Village Lutheran Church. "It is true that a little giving can go a long way!"
Rev. Dr. Robert Hartwell, senior pastor of Village Lutheran Church, also shared his thoughts about the annual tradition.
"It is great to see the youth of our congregation coming together and thinking of others during this wonderful season of Advent," he said.
Marino, who teaches pre-K through grade 2, organized the event.
Village Lutheran Church and The Chapel School are at 172 White Plains Rd., Bronxville.