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Anne E. Moncure students: What gift would you give the world this holiday?

Santa Claus could learn a thing or two from the students at Anne E. Moncure Elementary in North Stafford.

We asked first-, second- and third-graders there what gifts they’d bestow upon the world this holiday, and they packed their sleigh full of peace, joy and love—with some Legos, electronics and hamsters thrown in for good measure.

Their gifts were so numerous that we’ll need an extra day to list them all. Keep an eye out for Part II in Monday’s Family section.

—Edie Gross

I would give the world a gift. The gift would be God to bless everyone.

—Praise Chukwa, 7

I would give the whole world a projector and the pen with it to use to move the things on the screen. I would give them that because they would have fun.

—Ricky Luke Rice, 8

I would give the world food so people can eat. Even the poor people. I would give them healthy foods like carrots. Everybody needs food like me.You need food to eat, and you need food to be healthy. Everybody needs food, even me.

—Cole Jasso, 7

I would give the world needs instead of wants because if you only get wants then you can’t survive. Here’s 4 needs you should get: food, water, money, shelter.

—Grant Rogers, 7

I would give the world hot cocoa because hot cocoa is tasty and hot. So I hope I win. P.S. Put me in the newspaper please. That is all.

—Jaden Auville, 7

I would give the world shirts and shoes. And pants and socks. And red socks and blue shorts.

—Alonzo Echevarria, 7

I would give the world a big teddy bear so kids can go to sleep with it and so people can snuggle with it too.

—Emily Stewart, 7

I would give the world food because not everybody has food. I would give them food because food is important. I would give them box foods such as mac-n-cheese and other box goods.

—Anna Wade, 7

I would give the world prayers because I want everyone to live a long time. I want everybody to be healthy too and not die.

—Billy William Froelich, 7

I would give the world no litter because it will hurt animals.

—Madison Rose Hastings, 7

I would give the world money because they would like a lot of money to buy stuff.

—Kelly Gaitan-Gonzalez, 8

I would give the world homes so they can live and have a place to sleep. They can cook food so they can eat and not die and so they survive.

—Gabrielle Awua, 8

I will give the world a huge gingerbread because it will be alive. It will always take care of us. He or she will give a piece of food of him or her. Everyone will tell him or her what to do.

—Arturo Gomez, 8

I would give the world a guinea pig because I have one and I love it. It can be an alarm clock. By the way, they are not fat. They can live five years.

—Grace Ligespeter, 8 

I will give the whole world shelter so everybody can live a good life in the beautiful world. I am thankful for shelter. I want everybody in the world to be thankful for shelter too.

—Noah D’Souza, 7

I would give the world food so they can eat and be healthy and so they can be full to play outside and not be hungry anymore so they can have cake for their birthday.

—Emma Fielder, 7

I would give the world water to help them live. Water helps them breathe. They can take a bath with it.

—Muzakkir Hussain, 7

I would give the world water because if we didn’t have water, we would have nothing to drink.

—Juliana Pacheco, 7 

I will give the world drinks because they have to be healthy. They have to be clean.

—Camden McGookin, 7

If I could give the world any present this holiday, it would be notebooks. In many places, wars are going on and family members and friends are getting hurt. So I would give the world notebooks because if a family member or friend gets hurt and they feel sad, they can write their feelings down in it.

—Joe Thomas Kim, 9

If I could give the world any present this holiday, it would be food for the poor. Some don’t have enough food for the winter because they don’t have enough money for food. I would walk up to them and deliver the food or fly in a helicopter and deliver food.

—Zion Quick, 9

If I could give the world a present this holiday, it would be food and shelter and family and anything that was kind to give. I would do that because I care about how other people feel. If I got to do this, I would feel happy to see the people who don’t have what they need get what they need. I hope that when they get everything they need, they collect goods and send them to others. Someday, I hope everyone will have what they need.

—William Rulapaugh, 8

If I could give the world any present this holiday, it would be toys because some kids don’t have toys. I would let the kids who don’t have toys get some. Some parents don’t have money to afford toys, so I would give toys away for free for the ones who don’t have toys. Like if one child wanted that toy and it was too expensive to buy, I would buy it and give it to the child.

An’Tavian Brown, 9

If I could give the world any present this holiday, it would be a family. It would be a family because some people don’t even have a family. They are called orphans. Did you know there are many, many, many, many orphans in the world. It is very, very sad. For example, pretend you are a baby and your mom and dad ran away from you. How would you feel? So if I could give the world a gift, that’s my gift!

—Brannoc Odlum, 9

If I could give the world any present this holiday, I would give the world glasses because some people can’t see. They can’t read a book if they can’t see. Some people that are in wars get hurt and they can’t see. If you were one of those people who can’t see, wouldn’t you want glasses?

—Molly Francis, 8

If I could give the world any present this holiday, I would give the homeless a home with comfort so they can sleep and take naps. Also give food to those who have none. I would give this gift because I do not want anyone to run out of food or not have a warm place to live.

—Jonathan Long, 9

If I could give the world any present this holiday, it would be schools. Some people can’t read or add or subtract. I just want all kids to learn.

—Ethan Nees, 8

If I could give the world any present this holiday, it would be a family because most people do not have a family. Some people do not have a family to play with kids. Some people do not have a family to live with.

—Joey Rodriguez, 9

If I could give the world any present, it would be clothing and shelter. You need clothing so when it is cold, you are not freezing. You need shelter so when it is raining or snowing, you can be warm instead of being cold.

—Alec Correa, 8

If I could give the whole world a present for this holiday, I would give them a blanket because my aunt Jule and her friend May and me know how to sew. So we could make the whole world blankets because there are some less fortunate people who don’t have blankets so they get sick and die. The gift of blankets would keep them warm.

—Nicki Reinhart, 8

If I could give the world any present for this holiday, it would be fresh water, food, shelter, clothes and education because some people don’t have this stuff. Some people are poor. Some people can’t afford to buy some stuff.

—Brianna Correa, 8

The gift I would give to the world would be shelters. The shelters will have blankets to keep them warm and food for them to eat. Also water for them to drink so they don’t get sick.

—Josh Maimbourg, 8

If I could give the world a present this holiday, it would be glasses because so many people try to read or look at something on television and they don’t know what it says. Or some people are in school and the teacher writes something on the board and they don’t know what it says. So I think they deserve glasses because without glasses, they probably can’t see what they write on their assignments. Or if they go home and they are doing homework, they don’t know what they are writing.

—Madeline Alonso, 8

If I could give the world any present, it will be water because some people don’t have clean water and they need to take baths or showers. Also, water is good for you! Some animals drink water.

—Nia Cruz, 8

If I could give the world any present this holiday, it would be food because some people in the world don’t have food to eat. They have poor soil to grow their food, and they don’t have money to buy their food.

—Jordan Brooks, 8

If I could give the world any present this holiday, I would give shelter. I would give shelter because some people don’t have houses. I would give shelter because animals don’t have anywhere to stay.

—J. Saint Cyr, 8

If I could give the world any present, it would be a family to the kids at the orphanage. I believe every kid should have a family and enjoy their holiday with a family or just with friends. All kids should have a good holiday.

—Kasmira Spevacek, 8

If I could give a gift to the world, I would give kindness because some people are fighting in a war. Some people are mean to others. No one likes fighting with their family or friends. A lot of people want to get along and be nice to everyone.

—Leslie Colliver, 9

If I could give the world a gift, it would be a pet because some people don’t have pets, and they are very lonely. And it could be one of you who doesn’t have a pet. You should get one, so think about it.

—Thomas Choe, 9

I will give the world beds. People need beds because people need somewhere to sleep. Some people don’t have beds, blankets, pillows, so I want to give the world beds, blankets and pillows.

—Julianna Chavez, 10

I will give the world books. People can learn about states and cities. They can learn about other people in the world. The books have to be in their language so they understand.

—Camillee Lloyd, 9

I would give people shelters because some people don’t have shelters or homes for their family or themselves. I would put toys in the shelters for the kids and adults too. Also, everyone needs a family.

—Caleigh Shelton, 9

If I were to give the world any gift this holiday, it would be shelter. I would give shelter because a lot of people don’t have homes. Shelter will keep the people dry, warm and safe. Also, shelter will allow people to stay clean and take showers.

—Chloe Peters, 8

If I were to give the world any present this holiday, it would be giving the poor, really sick, blind and unwanted an abandoned dog. I will do this so the dog and the person will get something for the holidays. I would also clean the world so the animals don’t get stuck in the trash that we throw on the ground. Think if that happened to you.

—Bryanna Miranda, 8

If I were to give the world any present, it would be so everybody could see God so people could see their savior’s real. I would be proud of myself. My reason is so the homeless can see the guardian of life, and the people that don’t believe, I can show them that God does exist. I think that will be the best gift ever.

—Kaitlyn Stone, 8

If I could give the world any present this holiday it would be money to Haiti and Africa because they don’t have that much. Haiti had an earthquake, and Africa doesn’t have food. I will go to Africa and give them money!

—Destiny Bailey, 8

If I were to give the world any present this holiday, it would be food, shelter, water. And they might want a pet. Money is good so they can buy food and water.

—Nyasia Baltimore, 9

If I were to give the world any present this holiday, it would be more land. I want it to be more land because it would be easier to travel. It will be easier to get more food and water. That is why I think it’s better to have more land to give to the world.

—Khy’Mora Alleem, 8 

If I were to give any present this holiday, it would be food to help my friends and people. I will give them water, and it will help them.

—Roman West, 8

If I were to give the world any present this holiday, it would be money because some people don’t have a lot of money. I would help people get money by getting them jobs. I would get some people to give money and food. I would give money to the poor.

—Isabella Stephenson, 8

If I were to give the world any present this holiday, it would be more people because it could spread more kindness to one another. I would help people build their shelter because it could keep them warm and safe. I would give people dogs because some people are blind and the dogs could lead them.

—Nathan Schechter, 8

If I could give the world any present, it would be homes, blankets and beds.Some people need somewhere comfortable to stay.Some people need comfortable places to sleep. People in the world don’t have homes and places to sleep. People in the world need comfortable beds and blankets.

—Layla Carter, 8

Giving money to the homeless people. They don’t have money and water to stay alive. I will give them money to buy a house to make them warm, and clothes because some of the homeless do not have a lot of clothes. Next, the blind people could get a dog for the holiday because the blind cannot see anything.

—Samuel Augustin, 9

If I were to give the world any present this holiday, it would be money so people can buy food, homes and water. If I were to give the world a present, it would be water so people can survive. If I were to give the world a present, it would be homes so people can be warm and safe.

—Lealani Dove, 8

If I were to give the world a present, it would be money. I would give the world money because homeless people could buy homes. Homeless people could also buy clothes. Also, homeless people could get food or get a dog. I want to give these things so homeless people can be safe and happy.

—Aaron Friend, 8

If I were to give the world any present this holiday, it would be to give the world no bullying. I would give the world no bullying because bullying is not nice and it isn’t cool and it should stop in this world! This planet is a no bullying land and it is not right to do, so to teach the world not to bully is what Mother Earth deserves!

—Rachel Freeman, 9

If I were to give the world any present this holiday, it would be dogs because some people are homeless and that would cheer them up and they would be happy. Some kids don’t have a family, and the dog can help them a lot. Some people want a pet to play with, and old people could use them to help them cross the street. Some people need loving and somebody to take care of them. Some people don’t have kids, but they want something to take care of.

—Andrew Stark, 9

If I were to give the world any present this holiday, it would be shelter. It gets cold in winter. Shelter keeps your body warm. Shelter lets you drink water. Shelter lets you not be cold. Shelter can do lots of things.

—Jacob Masterton, 9

If you could give the world any present this holiday, it would be lots of stores that have everything you need to survive. Some people need food, water, shelter. You can also have a dictionary because some people need batteries because if someone ran out of batteries and they were in their car, they will have extra batteries.

—Gracie Wilkerson, 8

If I could give the world any present this holiday, it would be one hundred Christmas trees so everyone can celebrate Christmas! So they can get presents from Santa and they would be very happy. Plus, they could have a Christmas tree like everyone else.

—Savannah Jones, 8 

If I were to give the world any present this holiday, it would be world peace because if there are no people to fight, cities and land won’t be destroyed. Then I would make homes for the homeless, and the homes are free. Finally, I would build a police station next to memorials because it represents old presidents.

—Coleman Cowell, 8

I would give them McDonalds toys because it is very nice and it is lucky to you.

—Travis T., 7

Food because they are hungry. A home because they need somewhere to live. Clothes to wear. Toys to play with. Books to read and learn with.

—Aidan R., 8 

I could give the whole wide world a home, and I will give people a car so people will stay safe because people do not have to take the bus. They can ride in their car.

—Eric R., 7 

I would give them toys because they would be lonely and have nothing to do.

—Anna C., 7

I would give the earth nutrition because people want the earth to be beautiful and to do that is to recycle.

—William S., 7

I would give homeless books, food and clothing. The food to eat, the clothing to keep them warm, the books so they have something to do.

—Savannah M., 7

I would donate money for special needs kids who don’t have clean water, food, clothes, medical care, shelter and don’t forget school education. We can help just by sending in 30 dollars a month. Don’t forget there’s other children in the world who don’t have what we do.

—Madison G., 8

I would give the world stores because without stores, you can’t buy things that you need or want to buy. Also, you can’t get anything that gives you energy and health. And you need to get pets so you don’t be alone. And that’s why you need stores.

—Anna B., 7

I would give them a Bible so that they could learn about the adventures back in time. And also a shelter to keep them nice and cozy. I would also give them toys and CDs to keep them entertained. I also would give them a TV for the CDs. And I would give them food for their bellies. And I would give them a bookmark so they could keep track of where they were on the Bible.

—Trey W., 8

Sean would give homeless people a house because when it snows and rains and is just cold, they might die. Sean would give homeless people a car because they probably are tired and their legs might hurt.

—Sean S., 7

I would give the people some money because they could buy things they need or so they could stay alive.

—Colby C., 7

If I could give the world anything, I would give them food so if the stores run out, they have food to eat; toys so if they have no toys they will have toys; and books so they will have something to read.

—Ivan R., 7

I would give them books so people could get smart. I would give people toys so they are not bored. I would give them a house so they would not freeze.

—Denzil G., 7

I would give them a book so they could get smarter.

—Lilli G., 7

I would give them toys so people have something to play with. Also because they are not bored. Also because they will have something to do.

—Hunter H., 7

I would give the adults good behavior because they don’t like it when you misbehave and you will get in trouble.

—Micaela N., 7

I would give them coats so people could be warm. I would give hobos shoes because their feet hurt.

—Séamus G., 7

I would give money to the poor because they will live a better life and so they can live longer and live a better life.

—Stephen M., 7

If I could give a homeless shelter anything, it would be food and water because you need those two things to survive. If I could give a homeless shelter anything, it would also be school supplies, desk, textbooks and an agenda. I would give them all these school supplies because they might have a dream that the kids in the homeless shelter want to accomplish. And to accomplish a dream, you have to go to school. If I could give a homeless shelter anything, I would give them shoes so they don’t get hurt.

—Maya G., 7

Mrs. Kenyen

I would give the world more care because it would look nicer and people would like it more and it would get more respect I think. I care for the world.

—Sarah Lynn, 7

I would like to give college and food to the world because without food, you’ll pass away. Without college you can’t get a job, and you can’t eat and you’ll pass away.

—Ethan Mountain, 7

If I could give a gift to the world, I would give joy for the people in need because I think it would be a very nice gift to the world.

—Abbie Arcularius, 7

This holiday, I will give the world more plants because so many trees are cut down. The trees would be planted in bulbs too.

—Gus Akgun, 7 

If I could give the world any present, it would be fruit because some people are poor and need to get food. And also, water or juice. They need something to drink to go with the food. Also, because some people can’t afford stuff like that.

—Makaylah Pastell, 8

I would give the world clothes, shoes, food, drinks, for the homeless a house, and money for a special Christmas and a happy new year.

—Maniah Hamlett, 8

A Christmas tree because it is almost Christmas, and some cannot buy it because it is too much money.

—Arek Nanephosy, 8

It will be cars because people need cars to get places they need to be at. If they don’t, they will be fired from their jobs and don’t make any money until they find another job.

—Shakari Austin, 9

I would give the world food and water because homeless and us, we need water and food to live. If we did not have water, we could die.

—Emily Savel, 9

If I could give the world a present this holiday, I would give it tons of food and water so no one would be hungry or thirsty ever again.

—Randy Rolando, 8

I will give them force fields to protect them from tornadoes and floods and tsunamis. The force field will fit on anything, even a 100,000-story hotel.

–Ryan Lindquist, 8

I will give parents cleaner and children toys because I do want children like me to be a child. I also don’t want parents having a hard time cleaning.

—Sylvester Tawiah, 8

If I could give the world any present, it would be no littering forever. Why? Because it is not right for the earth to have litter. Nobody wants to live in a dump. The earth would not look good if there was litter everywhere.

—John Craddock, 8

If I could give the world any present, it would be more houses for the homeless. I would give this to the world because the rain we had a couple of days ago probably soaked the homeless. When it snows, they will probably be really cold, and houses have heat so they would be warm with a house to live in. I feel bad for the homeless because they’re always outside in bad weather.

—Connor Froling, 8

If I could give the world any present, it would be respect and give money to the poor because everyone deserves it. There are thousands of people without food or shelter, and you have been chosen so don’t waste it with playing games and watching TV all day. I know no one is perfect, but just try your best.

—Muzammil Hussain, 9

For this holiday, I would like to donate money to the homeless, and to do that, we could set up a fundraiser. I know the holiday’s not about giving or getting. It’s about caring for others. For this Christmas, I would like to donate money because it’s caring time this holiday.

—Tanner Casares, 8

If I could give the world a present, it would be a necklace with an angel locket so they could have a picture of their friend or someone that they love or miss and always have them close to them.

—Hannah Bristow, 8

If I could give the world any present this holiday, it would be world peace because there’s so much fighting in the world. Then, the fight turns into a war. Then it’s chaos. That’s why I want world peace.

—Marshall McVicker, 8

I would give the world peace this holiday. That would be my gift because then there would be no wars, and everyone would be calm and happy and no one would get killed. This is also good because families could stay together and not go out to war.

—Alexandra H. Nolan, 9

I would give the world a lot of evergreen trees. I would do this because people could decorate the trees. Also, animals could live under the tree to hibernate for winter. Also, the trees could make a better place and more beautiful for the earth and Christmas. I would also do this because the wood of the tree could be used to make houses for families.

—Leilani Reich, 9

I would give the world a lot of food so that everyone can enjoy all the food and that the poor can eat food and not be hungry and starve. I want everyone to have a meal to eat each day.

—Rebeka Dalton, 8

If I could give the world any present on this Christmas, it would be food for the homeless and for people who have trouble finding food. I would do that because we have lots of food, and others only have a little bit in stock.

—Benicio Gomez, 7

If I could give the world any present this holiday, I would help poor, helpless people. So I pick up trash and I do my chores. I don’t do it for money. I do it for the world. So you all out there, never give up. Please work together.

—Bryce Cohen, 8

I would plant lots of trees and try to help the environment. I would also like to try to give lots of food and money to charity and those in need. I’ll also try to help everyone that helped me, like moms, dads and even grandparents. So that’s why you should always give back for Christmas.

—Rania Beg, 8

I would give cheer and joy to everybody. That’s the best present I could give to them for Christmas. I just want everybody to be happy for Christmas because that makes me the happiest person on earth.

—TC Duckworth, 8

If I could give the world any present, it would be the joy of happiness. Everybody needs happiness all the time, but especially on Christmas. Christmas is a happy time.

—Jenna DeCarli, 8

I could give the world a little more teamwork and kindness. I could also clean up the earth so there would be no trash on the ground, so plants and animals can have their habitats back. And if you have an empty water bottle or soda can, don’t throw it away. Recycle it. I want the earth to stay healthy, but that includes us, plants and animals. Speaking of animals, we’ve got to save the ones that are endangered, like tigers for example. Study the earth and how it works.

—Ben Dixon, 8

If I could give the world a present, it would be to pick up all the garbage I could find! I would do it because millions of people litter every day, and where I live, I see a bunch of people throw garbage on the ground.

—William Fisher, 9

I would make apple trees. I would water grass and plant trees. I think the world would look a little better like that.

—Ty Hickman, 8

If I could give the world any present this holiday, I would give it more houses because some people in the world are still homeless right now.

—Ashley Gillespie, 8

I would give the world seeds and plant them. I will take care of them. When it’s Christmas, it will snow. When winter is over, I will plant more seeds. I will give water to the plants. I do it every day. I am doing it because Earth is the only planet that is perfect.

—Matthew Duran, 8

The present I want to give to the world is a candy land filled with candy, sweets and a lot of stuff for the children and the parents. The kids can come here and eat all the candy you want. But for the adults, you can have your own private home too. And it is all free! The kids and the adults will love it. Now, no kid in this world will have any trouble at all.

—Michael McDonald, 8

I would give the whole world clothes and shoes because then, people will not be freezing cold and their feet would not get dirty.

—Daphne Stier, 7

I would give the world toothbrushes because their teeth will be shiny and clean.

—Aidan McPherson, 7

I would give the world money because it would give homeless people a home.

—Zoe Lenzmeier, 7

I would give the world Yoli because I want everybody to be healthy.

—Zach Cox, 7

I would give the world money so they can buy something to eat and buy shelter.

—Michael Dazet, 8

I would give the world money for homeless people and charities. If they didn’t have money they would be homeless.

—Keegan Freeman, 8

I would give the world more trees for people to breathe because people keep cutting down the trees.

—Gianna Kopf, 7

I would give the world money because you can buy stuff.

—Nicholas Brannan, 7

I would give the world money because people can buy food and clothes.

—Martha Tkhoryk, 8

I will give the world good health because the world needs health.

—Tyler Burdette, 8

I would give the world a lot of money because some people don’t have a lot of money.

—Jaiden Fair, 7

I would give the world nice cards because I always put Christmas things on the cards. It is nice to give cards to people when it’s Christmas.

—Cassandra Alvarado, 7

I would give the world money and food for hungry people.

—Annika Mosher, 9

I would give the world dogs if there are sad, homeless people.

—Jaylin Guyton, 8

I would give food for the reindeers because they are hungry.

—Kevin Chapman 8

I would give the world a dog who would love them.

—Stephen Campisi, 8

I would give the world clean drinking water because it keeps them healthy and makes them strong.

—Joey Chauvin, 8

I would give the world rubber because we can make it into a shoe.

—Patrick Larochelle, 7

I would give the world money because they can buy things like clothes to keep you warm.

—Rain Thacker, 7

To give thanks to your family. Enjoy the good things. You don’t yell, good or bad. And on Halloween, some kids like candy. Some don’t. On Easter, I like looking for Easter eggs. It is so fun!

—Mason D., 7

If I could give the whole world anything, I would give them shelter and clothes but most importantly some foods and drinks. I would give you shelter for a place to live, clothes for you to wear, some foods and drinks so you don’t die in hunger or dehydrate.

—Caroline F., 7

Anyone who doesn’t have the needs they needed, I would get their needs. For example, if a big storm was coming and one family did not have shelter, I would invite them for the night and do something for them in the morning.

—Julia Johnson, 8

I will collect nuts for squirrels and find food for animals and pick up trash. I will buy food for the people that don’t have any. I will donate stuff I don’t want.

—Joseph Fisher, 7

I would give food to the homeless people. I would give stuff that I don’t want to the homeless people if I could, but I couldn’t give them everything I own. I would do everything I could to make a difference for them.

—Kayla Michelle Bailey, 7

I would give the world water because the world needs water or any liquid like milk, orange juice and grape juice.

—Danny L., 8

If I could give any present, I would give them food. Just food. Lots of food, like pizza, oranges, peaches. Especially to the poor.

—Jack Blair, 7

If I had special powers to give moms and dads and boys back their toy that was lost and their moms and dads back from heaven so they will be happy. And for mom and dad, I would get their baby and children out of danger because nobody would like a broken heart.

—Michale Nerenberg, 8

The poor should not be poor.

—Colin Pierce, 8

I would help the poor and give them medicine, care, love, also food such as milk, eggs, bread, goat meat and freedom and shelter or they could die. Think of others first.

—Gwen W., 7 

If I could give the world any present this holiday, it would be when mothers have babies at the hospital, they would put little chips in the babies’ heads so whenever they get lost, the chips would ring and their mother would find them. Why? If I could do this I would because some kids get lost and it’s very sad.

—Sebastian Valdivia, 8

I would give the world more trees to help people breathe better.

—Faith Turner, 7

I would give the world a bigger and better and safer and nicer and happier home. Everyone gets cars. If you need one actually, just call my mom.

—Kiera Chantel Marshall, 7

I would give the world lots of seeds to grow trees to give all of us oxygen. And I would give the world food for the poor people. And I would give the world water for the poor people. And I would give the world plants to make the world a greener place. And I would give the world flowers so the world will be colorful.

—Trinity Luxeder, 7 

If I could give any present to the world, I would keep the environment clean and help the people that have no food or toys and water. Like I could send some food or some clean and fresh water to China and maybe some old toys I don’t play with anymore.

—Leila Heller, 7 

I would give the world joy because kids are being abused and beaten up by bullies. And if I was the one being hurt by a bully, I would get an adult’s help as fast as possible.

—Ryan Brown, 8

If I could give the world a present, it would be making the world a better place. Because then, the world would not be trashed. I would pick up the trash that people had thrown onto the ground.

—Reagan Sandstrom, 7 

I would give 16 days off of school because you can spend time with your family and you can watch TV.

—Isabella Esparza, 7

I would give the world a friend because some people don’t have a friend because they are alone and very sad!

—Isabel Deutch, 8

I would give the world more trees because then we can breathe.

—Claire Quinn, 7

If I could give the world any present, it would be a big new iPad that cost 50 cents at the Apple store because everybody did their chores.

—Shreya Patel, 8

I would give the world a TV, video games, food and an Ipad 2 because all of these are really fun. But if you don’t like them, then sorry, but that’s all I would give you because all of those are all fun to me!

—Josh Leigh, 7

It would be an ornament or a backpack for school or books to read or a house to live in or a hamster or a better place to live in because people need this stuff.

—Lilly Honig, 7

Light Strike because Light Strike is laser tag, and I think laser tag is pretty cool. And I think you would like laser tag. I just got one thing to say: It’s really fun.

—Reese Atkins, 8

It would be a fold-up drum set because people like drums. People can play on them.

—Matthew Wieder, 7

I would give the world a big, big, big, big, big, big present: $100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 and 88 cents because people need money.

—Tommy Krebs, 7

I would give the world lots of seeds to grow trees because it would be nice and they would have food.

—Ashton Barb, 8

I would give the whole world 100,000 dollars because some people are homeless and poor. I would give more, but I can’t. I’m so sorry. But you can buy a car—a cool one—and a cool home and maybe a pet like a dog or a cat or a fish.

—Gabe Ashby, 8

I would give the world a skateboard because skateboards can help you get somewhere so you don’t have to use a car.

—Lucan Keller, 7 

Plants, flowers, trees. I would give that present to the world because I want the world to be a better place. I want the world to enjoy it. I would at least buy as much as I can. It would be nice to have flowers that grow in the winter and every other season. I would buy rose seeds, pansy seeds, poinsettia seeds, sunflower seeds, tulip seeds, marigold seeds and cactus flower seeds.

—Olivia Dunson, 7 

I want to be very good for my teacher because I want her to be happy! I want to come running and give my Mom a hug because I love her! I want every kid on the world to be happy.

—Natasha Rulapaugh, 6

I will give the world a big hug because I love the world. I will give the world a big present because I like the world. I will give the world a big tub of ice cream.

—Maggie Fallon, 6

I want to give the world toys because people need it to have fun and to be happy. No one will be fighting or be naughty or cry with the toys.

—Tygg Martin, 7

I would give a big shovel. It would pick up all the snow. I’ll give it to everybody. I would give the world a recycling basket so the world would recycle. I would give the world a new stocking. It is almost Christmas.

—Olivia Lupo, 7

I would give a big shiny fast car because everybody can go where they want because they can get home faster. Maybe they think it’s cool?

—Matthew Lieberman, 6

I would give the world food because you need it and if you didn’t have it you would die because food helps you stay alive.

—Ella Crowe, 7

Power Rangers sword because they are cool. Justin Bieber dolls because girls really love him. Really tiny, small Legos because they are fun to play with. Transformers good guys because they transform because the world will have toys to play with.

—Ryan Dazet, 6

I want to give the world a new car because people can’t drive without a car. They need a car because without a car, they need to build a car. They will be happy.

—Angelo Owusu, 6

I would give anyone some stuff. I can give Maggie my candy in her stocking because I have a lot I don’t need anymore.

—Jasmine Munoz, 6

I want to give the world toys because some people do not have toys,. I want to give the world TVs because some people do not have TVs,. I want to give the world a dog because some people do not have dogs. I want to give the world horses because some people do not have horses and that will make them happy.

—Christian Jackson, 7

I would give it a cat so they can enjoy it and can take care of it. And a book so they can read it together. And a ring to give to the wives.

—Chris Cline, 6

I would give them peace. I would give the girls concert tickets and the boys video games. I would give my teacher money. I would give myself a day off school because that will make them happy.

—Kaitlyn Hickey, 7

I would give it love. It is good because it would let us live. I would give it a puppy because maybe it will like it. I would give it a reindeer to give to Santa.

—Alex Rogers, 7

I would give the world respect because I love the world. I would give the world kindness. I would give the world a car to drive around.

—Thomas Gulli, 6

I would give them 1,000 dollars to buy a house. And they could buy anything. Also, I could play with them.

—Bridgette Beagle, 6

I would give children Transformers. Maybe this will make the children happy.

—Avrey Goldsberry, 6

I would give the world food because there are people in the world that don’t have food.

—Caitlin McIllece, 6

I would give the world shelter because some people don’t have shelter and so they won’t be cold.

—Sophia Simon, 6 

I would give the world food because if the world did not have food, they will be hungry.

—Alexis Weese, 6

I would give the world houses because people would not be homeless.

—Matthew Farnsworth, 6

If I could give the world any present it would be clothing because I don’t want anyone to get sick.

—Ashley Lingerman, 7

I would give the world food so they don’t die. I would give the world an apple because it is healthy. I would give the world a cat so they don’t get lonely.

—Olivia Boling, 7

I would give the world money because if we did not have money, then we won’t get food.

—Nicholas G., 7

I would give the world food, shelter and fresh water and veggies because it keeps people healthy.

—Thomas Dileo, 6

I would give the world water because then everyone would not be thirsty.

—Justin Shelton, 7

I would give the world food because they need food to stay alive.

—Cody Houghton, 6

I would give the world ice cream because the children want ice cream.

—Kacey Therrell, 6

I would give the world wood so they can make homes.

—Nathaniel Gouker, 7

I would give the world a house because some people don’t have a house.

—Tevin H., 6

I would give the world a nice, cozy fire to keep them warm.

—Daniel Betancourt, 6

I would give the world toys because maybe children would want toys.

—Matt Ivener, 6

I would give the world a ton of water and food because I don’t want anyone starving.

—Wesley Lay, 7

I would give the world a bed because it makes the people warm.

—Benjamin Dale, 7

I would give the world a pet because it will give them company, and I would give them cars.

—Eileen Hutchinson, 7

I would give the world a car because they can buy food.

—Dylan Frost, 7

I would give the world Legos because the boys will want Legos.

—Tristan Kisiah, 7

I would give the world fruit. I would give the world meat. I would give the world food. I would give the world candy.

—Sam Selby, 6

I would give the world water because they can be healthy.

—Melody Thacker, 6

I would give the world toys.

—Luke Travis, 6

I will give the world love.

—TraeQuan Roundtree, 6

I would give the world a phone because they can call their moms and dads.

—Eddie Davis, 7

I will help people build houses to live in.

—Emily Walker, 7

I want everyone to be friends and have friendship, and I want children to have toys like they want to have.

—Masy Peterson, 7

I will give the world peace and friendship.

—Madison Cross, 6

I would give a present to everyone, and it would be a video game.

—James Ready, 6

I will give appreciation and love to the people and world and everybody in the whole entire world.

—Jaylen Peterson, 6

I will give money to the whole world.

—Ethan Anderson, 6

I will help people build a house if they do not have a house, and that will help the people in the whole entire world.

—Riley Andres, 6

I would spend my money to give food to people and clothes. Even toys. I would give the whole world a present.

—Abby Selby, 6

I will give them food and love. I love the world.

—Ella Knee, 6

I will love us and our earth.

—Andre Braxton, 7

I would give them love and respect, and I would care for them and give them help. They need respect just like us.

—Victoria Castaeda, 7

I would give presents to the kids. Toys so the kids would share because the kids would not fight over notebooks or bouncy balls or anything.

—Olivia Peryam, 6

I will give people a boat to ride and to go to an island and ride home.

—Staven Hutchings, 6

My present to the world is friendship because I don’t want people fighting over toys, games, food, computers, laptops, clothes.

—Tyler Brown, 7

I will help the world and I will help give toys and I will drive over to people’s houses and give money too.

—Tyler Nerenberg, 7

I will give the world food and love.

—Adriel Ubalde, 6

I will give the people presents and toys and the world presents, and there are toys inside.

—Angelina Boling, 7

If I had one wish, my wish would be to give the world peace and friendship and niceness.

—Jon Young, 6

I’ll give the world flowers.

—Makayla Moya, 6

I would give the world something that I made as a gift this holiday because the things you make are the best.

—Paige Gillespie, 7

I would give the world clothes as a gift this holiday so they can stay warm.

—Brady Leischner, 6

I would give the world a treeas a gift this holiday.

—Brady Johnson, 7

I would give the world a house as a gift this holiday because they probably want shelter.

—Andrew Caley, 6

I would give the world as a gift a house because if someone didn’t have one.

—Savion Louissaint, 6

I would give the world windows this holiday if you didn’t have windows.

—Dylan Young, 6

I would give the world pets as a gift this holiday because they probably want to play with their pets.

—Ryan Megna, 7

I would give the world clothesas a gift this holiday.

—William Jimenez, 7

I would give the world a car as a gift this holiday so they can drive in it.

—Robert Hamilton, 6

I would give the world kindness as a gift this holiday because I want them to be good.

—Kaitlin Smith, 6

I would give the world kindness as a gift this holiday. I want everybody to be happy.

—Dylan Armstrong, 6

I would give the world TV as a gift this holiday so they can watch. They can see their favorite TV show.

—Oscar Barreto 6

I would give the world a computer as a gift this holiday because they could find their way to go home.

—Emilio Bedoya, 6

I would give the world a limo as a gift this holiday because they want it.

—Sonya Concepcion, 6

I would give the world a phone as a gift this holiday. Why am I giving them a phone? So they can call friends.

—Michael Ramos, 7

I would give the world a shirt this holiday because some don’t have any at all.

—Taelor Brown, 6

I would give the world life as a gift this holiday because the earth is special to me.

—Ethan Jemmott, 7

If I could give the world a present this holiday, it would be a nice warm cup of hot apple cider because it would be frigid outside and it would warm them up.

—Kaitlyn Biecker, 8

If I could give the world a Christmas present, it would be free food. I would do it because there are people in need of it. What it would do for the world is it would feed the poor. As for all those hungry people out there, I think you’re in luck, so you just wait until Christmas. I’m going to knock your socks off!

—Sam Crowe, 9

I would give the world food and water because some people are poor ,and they’re famished and thirsty. People need food and water to live, but if people don’t have food and water, they’ll die and that’s not good.

—Logan Alley, 8

If I could give the world a present, it would be food, water, shelter, clothes because a lot of people don’t have money to buy food, water, shelter or clothes. That’s what people need to live, and poor people in the world don’t have these things.

—Aleena Almazan, 8

The present I would give to the world is love because wars happen and people die for our country, and their families are heartbroken because people lost family and friends. So make them feel a lot better by showing you love, care, hope. Also, help your friends and family because if one of their family members died and they were going through a tough time, help them out. Show love to the world.

—Ciana Calixto, 8

I would give the worlds coats, scarves and hats because this holiday is Christmas, and Christmas is frigid. I think everybody should have winter supplies. The gifts I want the world to have come from my heart.

—Daniel Conner, 8

If I had to give the world a present, it would be to stop littering. I think people should donate food to the poor and give them clothes to wear. We should make a soup kitchen. I think we should get more dog parks. I think we need more hospitals. We should get more water so the people and animals can drink it. We should get more paper. More scary haunted houses. More stores and hotels. I think we should get more plants. Maybe more football fields for the college teams. I think we should get more libraries.

—Olivia Dileo, 8

If I could give the world a present this holiday, it would be a large, fun, exciting toy for the little ones, and the parents can get food for them and their kids because some parents can’t afford a toy for their kids and food for them all.

—Brandyn Fragosa, 8

If I could give the world any present this holiday, I would give the world to God because God protects people.

—Jordan Jefferies, 9

If I gave the world a present, it would be a Christmas tree. I will do that so everybody doesn’t have to buy a Christmas tree. Then everybody could worship God and Jesus together as one family. The Christmas tree was going to be decorated with ornaments. We were going to be singing Christmas songs.

—Allanna Hayes, 8

If I could give a present to the world, it would be shelter to all the homeless people. Some of them do not have shelter or do not have food. Sometimes, it is frigid out. In Africa, there are a lot of homeless people. It is not fair to them if we have everything and they don’t. It is so sad because like it is scary for them.

—Ryan Knee, 8

If I could give the world a present, it would be plants and animals because the world has forest fires and the world is losing plants and animals. So if we don’t have plants and animals, we wouldn’t have food, so the Earth and people need plants and animals.

—Carl Lay, 9

If I could give the world a present for a holiday, it would be new twin towers because they got destroyed by different countries and we need them to direct airplanes. It is so important that we get a new one. So we need to build new twin towers.

—Christian Leap, 8

If I could give the world a present, I would try to make people stop littering by picking up trash. If the world was clean, the animals could live, graze and survive in the forest and deserts. If they survive, we can get food. So we all need to get together and help stop littering. The world could be a better place to live for both people and animals.

—Owen Lenzmeier, 8

If I could give the world a present this holiday, it would be love. Love is a great gift to give and get. Some people in the world don’t have love because it comes from friends and family. Some people don’t have loved ones, like the homeless, the poor and the orphans. Love means to be kind, considerate, caring and respectful to others. I want to do this because maybe some day love will come to me. Happy holidays!!

—Hope Long, 9

Coats because if people don’t have coats, you can give it to them on Christmas. This winter is really freezing so nobody wants to get frigid when they go outside. I know there are a lot of people in this world who don’t have coats. We need to donate more coats for people who don’t have any.

—Mollie Miller, 8

If I could give the world a present, it would be to help the environment and for people to stop littering. To help the environment, one, you could plant flowers. Two, turn off your light when you’re not using it. Three, when you are not watching your TV, turn it off. Four, when you are not using a computer, either use it or don’t. Five, when you are not using the sink to wash your hands and you are playing in the sink, turn the water off. Six, you can pick up the trash in your neighborhood or community. Seven, you can plant fruits and veggies in your back yard and in your front yard.

—Lu’Dhay Rucker, 8

If I could give the world any present, when babies get lost, they can put a little chip in you. Your mom or dad can find you and you will be safe. If they did not find you, that would be sad. That’s why I wish that.

—Olivia Coulson, 7

If I could give the world a present, I would give it love. Like the lion and the lamb. The lion saw the lamb but did not eat it. It is like kindness. So we can live happy in Africa and other places.

—Megan Rodgers, 9

If I could give the world a present, I would give hope, love, courage, happiness and compassion. The reason why I will give the world those things is because I care and love everybody in the world. I just want everyone to be safe and have a safe life too. Everyone should have the right to tell their dreams and be whoever they want to be.

—Naomi Shokai, 8

If I could give the world a present, I will try to stop people from littering in ponds and lakes. I will help clean litter so people and animals can survive. We all need to get together to clean up trash. We can’t give up!

—Lucy Stephens, 8

Ten glasses of water once a day so plants can grow. Then the world could be healthy. I would want the world to be clean. I would want to help trees grow and all kinds of other flowers.

—Devin Tyk, 8

If I could give the world a present, I would give them a happy Christmas because I want everybody to have a good Christmas.

—Andre Wilson, 8

I would give the world a big earth survivor so it can stay alive all and every year and every day because that would be nice.

—Isabelle Stephens, 8

If I could give the world a present, it would be more trees because then we will have more apples, pears, peaches and more.

—Addison Seaman, 8

I would give them books because they might not have books and they will want to read. Learning books, scary books and adventure books.

—Tori Elswick, 8

If I could give the world any present, it will be mansions. I would give mansions because everyone loves a mansion and to live in one. My second reason is mansions are BIG, so if you have seven kids, this is the perfect home for you.

—Kimberly Rivera, 8

I would give the world a 25-foot-tall, 75-inch-long bicycle with rockets with organic fuel and a parachute with a jet pack, buttons like a gun that shoots Lego sets to kids that are bored, and a big black button that turns into a rocket ship that will go to space. This is a bicycle that will teach people and let them have fun for free.

—Franklin England, 8

I would give them food because what if they were poor and had no food and money. I would give them food and money because I am nice and I don’t care if I would run out of money. I care for people, not just me. I can also help people if they’re falling. I will pull them back up.

—Chase Bradshaw, 8

Some people are poor, and what I want to do is give to people that don’t have clothing. I will keep my promise and give them some clothing and toys, shirt, pants, sock, book, jacket, pencil, stickers. And I would give the whole world a gift. P.S.—Only the people that need it in the world.

—Joy Chukwu, 9

I would give the world a merry Christmas because some people don’t get a merry Christmas because some people’s moms or dads are in the Army, Air Force and Marines.

—Andrew Hudjohn, 8

If I could give the world a present, it would be able to fly! I think being able to fly would be really fun. Birds can, and why can’t we?

—Caleb Peterson, 9

If I could give the world a present, I would give the world plane tickets because a lot of people are not together and they could fly in for Christmas and have a fun time. I am apart from all my relatives, except for one of my aunts. I really miss everybody.

—Rylee Marshall, 8

A car because we live on earth, and cars help adults get to places and travel.

—Nana Boakye, 9

If I would give the world a present, it would be to stop pollution. Pollution is in the air we breathe. We could get sick and die. Pollution is not good for the world. It is not good for plants.

—Tyanna Jackson, 8

If I gave the world a present, it would be a 90-inch flat-screen TV so they could rest and watch their favorite channels during the holidays. They could let their kids watch TV and play video games and sometimes go on the Internet.

—Adriel Castro, 8

If I could give the world any present, it would be a toy they have always wanted because it would be their best Christmas ever and I would be young pretend Miss Claus.

—Jessica Passey, 9

I would give people shelter. For example, if there is a big storm, I would let them in my home and do stuff for them and definitely give them food.

—Simeon Serrano, 7

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