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Kids give the darndest things

Santa Claus has completed his rounds and packages are being opened all over the Rogue Valley. But a few wishes may still be waiting to come true.

Here are responses from children attending Ruch Elementary School and Ashland's Walker Elementary when asked to tell us what gift they would most want to give:

"I would give my brother a statue of a bear because he loves them. He loves all kinds of bears." — Aiden Beasley, Walker first-grader

"I would give a pool to my cousin because she swims." — Alana Spellman, Walker second-grader

"I would give another floor to our house and I would put a candy machine in it and a lot of video machines and give it to my family." — Etani di Properzio, Walker second-grader

"I would give my sister a Justin Bieber singing cardboard cutout because she has a crush on him. He would sing 'Mistletoe.'" — Eva Garcia, Walker second-grader

"If I could give anybody a gift, it would be happiness and comfort for my grandma. She deserves it because she is always nice and she tries to give to everyone everything she can." — Mallory Olson, Ruch sixth-grader

"My wish would be for my dad's back to be better. He got in a wreck and it kind of messed it up. I love him a lot and I don't want him to be in pain." — Abbi Melms, Ruch sixth-grader

"If allergies did not exist I would get my mom a cat and a strawberry plant." — Eli Hersch, Walker second-grader

"My brother barely gets to see me. I would give him a picture of me so he wouldn't be sad." — Reyn Davis, Walker second-grader

"My mom has a brain tumor. I'd give her a cure but I don't have that power. Instead, I would give her the gift of love because that is what keeps us alive. I need her to be with me forever so she has to stay strong. And I would give her hope so she has faith in herself and to keep going so she doesn't give up." — Anneka Murrin, Ruch sixth-grader

"My mom is awesome at drawing. I would give to my mom some drawings because she likes to draw." — William Doctor, Walker first-grader

"I would give a hamster to my cousin and he would have to name it." — Bailey Losinski, Walker first-grader

"I would give my dad chocolate because he likes it. I drew a picture of my dad licking his lips." — Kaeden Calkins, Walker first-grader

"It would be a house and I'd like to give it to my mom." — Ethan Marcum, Ruch first-grader

"I would give a rabbit to my best friend, Jude. I would put it in a carrying case and give it to him." — Sawyer Zook, Walker second-grader

"I would give my mom and dad the gift of prayer because we might adopt an innocent kid so he can be happy." — Alyssa Vaugh, 11, Ruch sixth-grader

"If I could give any gift, I would give my mom some scrapbooking stuff because my mom really likes scrapbooking." — Ben Foerder, Walker second-grader

"If I could give any gift in the world, it would be love. I would give it to my family because they are very special. I would give them hugs every day." — Scarlet Poague, Walker second-grader

"It would be books, toys and blankets for the homeless children to keep them safe and warm. I would give them apples and pears to make them healthy." — Dahlia Penn-Jaramillo, Walker second-grader

"I would give a golden dog to my friend Gracie." — Sam Mathis, Ruch first-grader

"My gift to my mommy would be a big brown M&M because she likes chocolate and I love her." — Christian Frombach, Ruch first-grader

"I wouldn't give it to a person. I would give my help to the world because I care. I would clean up the world and do good things for it." — Rosalee Nelson Millan, Walker first-grader

Reach reporter Janet Eastman at 541-776-4465 or at jeastman@mailtribune.com.

Kids give the darndest things