Four boys from Hoffman Trails Elementary School last week helped other children enjoy a brighter Christmas.

Four boys from Hoffman Trails Elementary School last week helped other children enjoy a brighter Christmas.

Fourth-graders Aiden Hambel, Nathan Hance, Ty Maul and Nolan Rogner have been friends for two years. They are teammates on the school's basketball team and they live in the same neighborhood.

"All the boys came to see me at recess and said they wanted to do a toy drive to help collect Christmas presents for other kids," Hoffman Trails principal Katie Windham said.

The boys set a goal of 250 toys that would be given to the Norwich Township Fire Department.

"We can't say how much we appreciate what these kids have done ... and that these students are thinking outside of themselves and realized that other kids need help," said Norwich Lt. Kris Lanning.

During a two-week period ending Dec. 16, the boys promoted and organized the toy drive while collecting 303 toys.

"The boys did daily announcements and counted the toys each day during their recess," Windham said.

"I thought this would be something good to do at Christmas," Nolan said.

The boys enjoyed their service project, too.

"It was more fun than recess," Ty said.

Norwich Township will give the toys to the Hilliard Community Assistance Council. The toys will be made available through the local food pantry's toy-assistance program.

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