Class makes toys for sick kids
SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Kids in the hospital this Christmas will get a special surprise, thanks to some good-hearted students in South Haven.
South Haven High School wood shop students built 400 toy cars from scratch, to deliver to sick children on Christmas Eve.
"I was pretty happy doing it knowing I could make another kid's day," says freshman Hayley Kreiger.
The project was spearheaded by Josh Bridges, the school's industrial arts teacher.
He says the cause hits home for his family.
"About five years ago during a holiday dinner, my daughter was severely burned and we were in the hospital over Christmas," Bridges recalls.
Local non-profit Crayons 4 Kids delivered presents to his daughter and every patient at Bronson Children's Hospital, as part of the non-profit's annual tradition.
Bridges says he never forgot the generous gesture.
This year he saw a golden opportunity to return the kindness, with his end-of-the-quarter wood shop scraps.
"We created all these patterns," he explains. "Different shapes, different cars."
His high school students latched on to the idea, churning out 25 toy cars each.
"I was thinking, okay if I'm going to do this for a kid, I'm going to do it good," Kreiger says.
The high schoolers partnered with a local third grade class too, who put together a pop can drive to raise 200 dollars for glue, paint and additional parts.
The third graders then sanded and painted the cars.
The high school and elementary students put the finishing touches on the wooden toys together, working side by side this week.
"I think it's great for the students to see it's not all about them," Bridges says. "Especially around this time of year when it's all about getting gifts, it's great for them to see the other side of it, where you're giving."
Kreiger adds, "I think it will brighten their day a lot."
Crayons 4 Kids plans to sort all the presents they've collected for the kids Tuesday, the day before Christmas Eve.
They will make the deliveries to Bronson Children's Hospital in Kalamazoo on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
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