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Tuckahoe First Graders Want to Share for Holidays

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. – Tucked away in a corner of Melissa Vacarro's first grade class at William E. Cottle Elementary School in Tuckahoe is a small box of new toys.

The toys are not for the kids in Ms. Vacarro's class. Rather, the toys will be sent to the Maria Ferari Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center for children who are sick or needy.

"I feel bad for them," said first grader Michael Annunziata. "I think a Batman or a Superman might help them out, so that is what I would give them."

Annunziata and classmate Giancarlo Marcoccia said they would have to get someone else to drive the presents over to the kids at the hospital.  "Maybe we can give them something even better like a house," chimed in Paul Anthony Pryor.

All four of the first grade teachers at Cottle School are collecting toys for the cause.  "One of the moms, Beth Anne Silvestri, is going to pick everything up and bring it up to the hospital, Vacarro said.  "It's a small contribution but we wanted to do something in the spirit of the holidays."

But although the kids were happy to give gifts to others, they had a few requests of their own, with Xbox and Pillow Pets being among the most popular in the group.

But Ghazel Alnsour could not really decide what she wants for Christmas. "I think I would like to have arts and crafts stuff so I can make something for the needy children," she said.

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