Baskets Full of Miracles

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Newport Harbor High School students with some of the games they collected.
Newport Harbor High School students with some of the games they collected.

A group of Newport Harbor High School students were recently part of a miracle for kids facing life threatening diseases.

The teens helped fill baskets with games and toys for the kids as part of the 2013 Spring Basket of Miracles toy drive held by the on-campus Miracles for Kids club.

The club supports the county-wide non-profit organization of the same name, which helps families with children who are diagnosed with cancer or other life threatening diseases.

Christian Ruelas, a NHHS senior, with the games.
Christian Ruelas, a NHHS senior, with the games.

About 200 games, coloring books, and crayons were collected by the school.

Other groups support the charity by collecting food, cleaning supplies, and household items, to add to the baskets.

The baskets were delivered to kids and their families who receive treatment at the Children‘s Hospital of Orange County or Children‘s Hospital of Los Angeles.

The NHHS group also holds backpack, school supply and food drives throughout the year.

They hold three toy drives a year, with the most popular one being right before winter break and just in time for Christmas. The winter basket project typically totals more than 500 toys donated to needy families.

The club has donated about 4,000 toys since its inception in 2008.

Alma DiGiorgio, the club’s faculty adviser, aims to get the rest of the school involved and make it a campus-wide effort to collect donations.

It’s a great club and a good way to meet other people on campus and help others less fortunate at the same time, DiGiorgio said previously. The club is always open and welcome students in all grades.

Visit www.miraclesforkids.org for more information.

NHHS seniors Maribel Coria and Victor Valladares with some donated games
NHHS seniors Maribel Coria and Victor Valladares with some donated games

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