PITTSBURG — Lakeside K-Kids are making 23 childrens’ Christmas merrier by purchasing presents for them.

On Monday the students took a trip to the store to buy the gifts. They look forward to buying toys for their peers each year, Lakeside Counselor Melinda DeGruson said.

To help students in need, K-Kids raise money throughout the year.

“It gives them an opportunity to give back to peers,” Lakeside Counselor Melinda DeGruson said.

DeGruson said the gifts are not only things they need, but what they want too. Christmas lists are sent in and each K-Kid searches for the toy in the store.

DeGruson said if the student which receives the gifts has a sibling in another grade then the other student is gifted with presents as well — students from elementary through high school.

“We do this because there are families in our school that need assistance on the holidays,” DeGruson said.  

This year, 12 families, totalling 23 children will receive gifts.

K-Kids Hayden Turnbull said popular toys this year are legos, remote control cars and mini hatchimals — all of which were piled inside the cart.

Turnbull and K-Kid Kane See both agreed buying gifts for their peers is the “cool” thing to do.

“I feel like it’s a cool and fun to do,” See said. “These things will make them happy, there are some kids in community that don’t have stuff.”

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.