Children living at the Christ Home in Paradise won't have to worry about being cold this winter thanks to the kindness of third grade students at Providence Elementary School.The Providence students are learning that it's better to give than to receive this holiday season. They're collecting hats, scarves, gloves and mittens as well as books and school supplies for children living at Christ Home, a temporary home for needy or neglected children on Route 30.

The "Giving Tree" project is being organized by Valerie Alexander, a third grade teacher. She said she chose Christ Home because she used to volunteer there when she was in high school.

"We decided to do something special for others instead of giving to each other," she said.

While students in Alexander's class are donating hats, scarves, mittens and gloves, the two other third grade classes are involved as well.

Kathie Rickart's class is collecting books and Cindy Burkhart's class is collecting school supplies such as pencils and erasers.

Alexander will deliver the items to Christ Home after school on Tuesday, Dec. 23.

Audrey Crandall, who brought in hats and gloves for the children, said the project is fun.

"We get to help people who aren't really warm and now they can play outside," she said.

Cole Motter, who brought in hats, said the project is fun and it makes him feel good to donate.

Hannah Myer said her donation of glue sticks, pencils and crayons will allow the children to draw pictures.

Austin Peinhardt brought in pencils and erasers.

"It's fun," he said. "Kids can get some school supplies and when they work on problems, they can erase them."

Sara Graybill brought in hats and gloves.

"It makes me feel good to know I'm helping another child," she said.

Evan Salisbury said the hats and gloves he brought in will be for children who don't have much.

Erika Hassel brought books with puzzles because he said some children don't have any books to read.

Gabe Motter also donated books.

"Kids who don't have much can have books to read and some fun stuff to do," he said.

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