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Students assist with distribution of food and toys

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:45 PM

The families of almost 640 children signed up for Wednesday's Toys for Tots distribution through the Christmas Castle, said Don Frankenfield, of the Elton Mack Detail of the Marine Corps. League.

Meanwhile, Norwalk Salvation Army Office Manager Deb Cox said the Army distributed more than 400 baskets of food for the needy.

The Christmas Castle is a combination of the Norwalk Salvation Army and the League.

Twenty-eight EHOVE students distributed bags of toys for needy families at the Masonic Lodge on E. Main Street, while another 22 were at the Norwalk Salvation Army's headquarters, helping distribute food.

The students are not required to perform community service as part of school. This was a chance for them to help the public which they plan to do in their careers, said public safety instructor Kelly Bodkin. The teenagers helping out are criminal justice, fire and EMT students.

"It makes me feel good because you get to help other people," said Cory Brumbaugh, a Bellevue High School junior.

Fellow Bellevue junior Jacob Wooten was also glad to volunteer.

"It's helping people who need help during the holidays," he said.

Frankenfield said many of the families would not have toys for their children if not for the Christmas Castle.

"A lot of them go out beaming."

The toys are donated by the Toys for Tots foundation and through monetary donations the Elton Mack Detachment collects each year.

The food, meanwhile, is donated by schools, businesses and individuals.

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