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Preschoolers deliver toy donations

LAWRENCEVILLE - Eleven preschoolers on Friday helped deliver more than 200 stuffed animals to the Quinn House so the Lawrenceville charity can distribute the toys to needy children this season.

Students of Legacy Academy's location at Satellite Boulevard in Duluth took one last look at the teddy bears on the Quinn House's porch.

"We're going to give them to all the kids because they'll love them," student Isabella Herren said. "They can sleep with it."

Joseph Fancher, an after-care teacher at the school, organized the community service project.

"We were hoping they would be able to experience the Christmas spirit by giving to others," Fancher said.

Dawn Skinner, the school's director, said parents showed tremendous support during the two-week drive. One family brought in five boxes of teddy bears.

"We have some children from very fortunate backgrounds," she said. "We wanted to teach them about kids who are less fortunate."

Pat Travis, the coordinator of the Quinn House's Christmas program, said the organization had more requests for help this year.

"We have so many children who are going to be so thrilled," Travis said.

Through its Christmas program, the Quinn House helps community members sponsor families who are seeking assistance during the holidays. Those seeking to help deliver unwrapped gifts to the organization, who gives the gifts to the needy families so parents can place gifts for their children under the tree.

"It's a blessing to a lot of families," she said.