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In the spirit of giving

By Miriam G. Mazliach

December 18, 2012

“Many of the students at Oliveira Elementary School in Fremont, had been saving their allowance and generously opened up their piggy banks to purchase toys for kids less fortunate than they,” said Principal Linda Anderson. Additionally, in lieu of “Secret Santa” gifts, Principal Anderson had asked her school’s staff members instead “to give to others in need.”

The donated toys were now filling three shopping carts to overflowing, in readiness for the Fremont Fire Department’s arrival to the school on the afternoon of December 11. The firefighters’ prompt appearance was timed to coincide with Oliveira’s fire drill exercise. Once at the school, the Fire Department was able to observe the students move swiftly and situate themselves into organized classroom lines in order to successfully complete their fire drill.

Afterwards, both Principal Anderson and Fire Captain David MacArthur congratulated the students for their efforts not only in the fire drill, but for donating so many toys to be distributed during the holiday season.

On cue, three designated students each rolled out one of the brimming shopping carts. Soon many hands were on deck to assist the crew from Centerville Engine Company 56 in loading the toys onto the van. As part of the “Toys for Tots” drive, these will be delivered to the Tri-City Volunteers for distribution to needy kids, to help brighten up their holidays.

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