Positively Milwaukee

Spirit of giving helps children's center

CREATED Dec. 7, 2012

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The Spirit of Giving is shining bright at the Penfield Children's Center. There are more than 600 gifts that will bring plenty of smiles to children's faces.

Even though Santa hasn't arrived at the Penfield Children's Center, Mia Rangel is all smiles about Christmas. The 6-year-old and her brother are among 800 less fortunate kids who will celebrate Christmas a little early.

"We're really excited for tomorrow. I mean just the look on their faces I mean it's just amazing," the children’s mother, Dulce Hernandez says.

This is the third year Hernandez and her kids are celebrating the holiday at the center.

The toys and generosity is coming from Kohl's employees and volunteers who unloaded more than 600 toys from a big truck early Friday morning, all to be opened Saturday.

"It gives me that extra help of me, like if I don't have the money to purchase a gift for them, it's a real big help to know that they're providing the gift,” Hernandez says.

The center wants the children and their families to have a warm Christmas, despite any challenges their parents may face this year.

"For these children this is almost a full Christmas with all the presents they are able to receive from us,” Center President Chris Holmes says.

Generosity parents are grateful for, that makes this Positively Milwaukee.

"It's amazing that they do all this hard work for you - for our kids,” Hernandez says.

If you’d like to warm someone’s holiday, you can go to the Penfield Children’s Center website: http://penfieldchildren.org/