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November 28, 2003
Chicago Tribune

Kids ask for warm clothes before toys
Season of Sharing drive helps pupils from needy families
By Brenda Warner Rotzoll, Tribune staff reporter

They're asking for so little.

The letters to Santa Claus from children at Brenneman Elementary School in Uptown often seek simple things such as a jump rope, book, model car or warm gloves.

Ida Luna, the school's bilingual coordinator, organized students' Santa letters for the Chicago Sun-Times Season of Sharing program. Almost every child at Brenneman needs a warm coat, hat, gloves and shoes, she said. The school can't enforce its dress code of blue trousers or skirt with white top because so many parents can't afford to buy those clothes, Luna said. Many children get by on hand-me-downs that often don't fit. Beyond that, the kids just want the basics.

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