Special holiday performance and donation

OVERBROOK - December 22, 2009 It was a curtain call of charitable proportions by vision impaired students who sang and played for their families.

And for the marines who'd come to get Toys for Tots donations from the students. The students gave more than 200 toys for other children to have on Christmas morning.

"Because other people don't have any toys little kids and other big people don't have any toys," said 9-year-old Angela Carr.

"I hope they have a good Christmas."

"In some families people don't get a chance to get a gift. And some parents can't do it. So we do it in honor of those who don't have," said 20-year-old Maurice Weeks.

This is the first year Overbrook School for the Blind students have given to Toys for Tots. It's part of lesson their learning and leading on how giving is a gift during the holidays.

"People think we should just be on the receiving end of that. Our kids have all kinds of talents and abilities and are really pleased to showcase that and to help others," said school director Gerald Kitzhoffer.

Marine Sgt. Will Parrish knows the joy of charitable gifts, after growing up in an orphanage himself.

"I think it speaks volumes because they have their own challenges that they've overcome. Yet they still have the ability to reach out and give to other kids in Philadelphia area."

People have donated more than 100,000 toys for tots locally that will be delivered to area boys and girls in time for Christmas.

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