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Spreading warmth this winter

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Two of Santa's helpers spent the day spreading warmth by handing out gloves and hats to keep kids warm this winter. The helpers are members of Waterloo schools support staff, and their support goes beyond just the classroom.

Theresa Steiber Moncada and Tamara Cowell, members of Waterloo Education Support Personnel, started early this morning and visited all Waterloo preschool and elementary schools. 

Bitter temperatures have kids inside this time of year. But as soon as it's just warm enough to step back out for recess, these two elves have them taken care of. 

"Now I have warm gloves and my hands don't have to freeze," said Lincoln Elementary student Faith Sykes. 

"You know just little things can add up to a big thing for somebody," said Steiber Moncada. "It can brighten their heart and make their day."

With kids shuffling back and forth, Cowell says it's easy to lose that little glove. 

"So it's really nice when they go home, that we know hey we have an extra pair to give to you,' said Cowell. 

Students at Lincoln Elementary got to select from a wide variety of gloves and hats. 

"This little girl comes up to me she's like can I keep this? said Cowell.  "And I said yes, and she just got so excited, and smiley. That does warm your heart that we can do this. We do work with them during the day. So that way when they go home we know they're keeping warm when its so cold outside."

The money for those hats and gloves came from a community service grant. Moncada says she got the idea after she saw a lot of kids who just didn't have gloves. 

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