“So proud of what we do:” Kohl’s associates donate Christmas gifts to Penfield Children’s Center

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MILWAUKEE -- Christmas comes early for hundreds of kids in Milwaukee, and the gifts are from complete strangers.

gift2You could call them Santa's helpers, and the big truck they arrived in Santa's sleigh.

"We are so proud of what we do," said Tara Geiter, director of Community Relations for Kohl's.

But they are Kohl's associates, and they are donating more than 1,000 presents to the kids at Penfield Children's Center.

Most families served by Penfield live at, or below the poverty line.

"I take this as an opportunity to take my seven-year-old daughter out, and tell her about kids that maybe don`t get as nice of a Christmas as she does," said Geiter.

Quinaiya Powell and her grandmother will unwrap their gift at the Penfield Christmas Party Saturday December 5th.

They're guessing it will be a big one.

"She just learned how to ride a tricycle, so a tricycle," said Powell.

gift1When Kohl`s associates go out to buy the gifts, they know if they`re buying for a boy or a girl and they also know what age groups.

Sometimes they are even told know what types of toys to buy.

The kids make a list throughout the year.

"We know if they like Legos, we know if they like dolls" said Kris Holmes, CEO and President of Penfield.

"These presents mean so much to these kids because this may be one of the only presents they get during this season," said Holmes.

Kohl's also donated $25,000 to support programming at Penfield Children's Center.

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