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Builders serve double helpings of holiday joy

When it comes to spreading joy, the Builders Club at Los Cerritos Middle School, Thousand Oaks, California, has all the holidays covered. The club began its “season of giving” this past October when members collected more than $200 during Halloween week. The money is to be donated to UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) to assist the international organization in helping children in need in Uganda.

Staying in the holiday spirit, club members tapped their artistic sides, making decorative pumpkins by wrapping orange fabric around rolls of toilet paper and sticking a paper-sack stem at the top. The pumpkins were given to residents of the Thousand Oaks Health Care Center and to people who receive Meals on Wheels. The handmade gifts really brightened the day for both gift givers and recipients, says Lori Pierson, the club’s advisor.

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