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New Rochelle Children Make Gifts for Loved Ones

The annual event was part of the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District's Family Days.

Hundreds of New Rochelle children helped put gifts for loved ones under their trees as part of the fifth annual Make a Gift Day.

The free event, which was part of the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District Family Days, was held Saturday at the .

"This has always been one of our most successful events," said Barbara Davis, the library's community relations coordinator. "We usually have several hundred children come through in the two-and-a-half hours."

The children got to choose three gifts to make. The choices were Confetti Soup in a Jar—a quart-size Mason jar filled with beans, a bouillon cube and a recipe—a tea light, a calendar, ornaments, a coupon book filled with tasks to do for their parents, a reindeer candy cane and a chocolate covered Santa or snowman.

After making the gifts, the children could have them wrapped as well.

Davis said the hands-on event allows the children to feel good about making the gifts themselves for parents, grandparents and siblings.

She said there was plenty of from members of the BID and local teenagers help for the children to successfully make the gifts.

Family Day programs are made possible by the Downtown Business Improvement District, in partnership with the New Rochelle Public Library, the New Rochelle School District and PTA Council and the New Rochelle Department of Parks and Recreation.

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