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Oswego High Sophomore Donating 57 Toys for Tots

Dec 15, 2014 06:14PM ● By Steven Jack

Kylie Schimmel, of Kylie's Creations, will donate 57 toys to the Oswego Toys for Tots campaign later this week. (Photo courtesy of Kylie Schimmel)

Oswego High School sophomore Kylie Schimmel is making a difference in the lives of local children in need. 

Kylie is the founder of Kylie’s Creations, an organization that for three years has been crafting and selling hair bows and donating all profits to local children’s charities. 

Christmas is usually a pretty busy time for Kylie, as the craft shows where she usually sells her bows are scheduled for just about every weekend. Plus, she’s knee deep in her biggest annual fundraising effort for Oswego’s Toys for Tots campaign, which is organized by the Oswego Fire Protection District and benefits the Oswegoland Optimist Club Needy Family Project.

Through various shows and $500 in matching donations from a family friend and her Dad’s employer, this year Kylie's been able to raise a record-breaking $947 for Toys for Tots. This weekend she made her final trip to Target to purchase the last of 57 toys she’ll donate later this week.

“I just like being able to help people with whatever I can do,” Kylie said. “It gives me a good feeling to know that there are kids that will be opening presents that they might not have had otherwise.”

In the three years that she’s been making and selling her bows, Kylie has raised about $4,000 for local charities. In addition to craft shows, her bows are sold at The Garden Faire in downtown Oswego and Savvy Fashions and More in Mason Square. 

Despite the busy schedule of a typical high-schooler, Kylie says she has no plans to slow down.

“I would love to keep doing this for as long as possible,” she said.

To learn more about Kylie and her organization, follow her on Facebook.

Toys for Tots Breakfast

The Oswego Fire Protection District will hold its annual Toys for Tots breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18. at Fire Station One. Fifty 

Oswego School District 308 junior high students will work with firefighters to sort over 3,000 toys for local families in need. Those toys will then be donated to the Optimist Club.