Two Hundred Amherst Students Give Unique Gift

June 13, 2013 Updated Jun 13, 2013 at 7:04 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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June 13, 2013 Updated Jun 13, 2013 at 7:04 PM EDT

Amherst, NY (WKBW) - Sixth graders in Amherst Middle School learned what it's like to make a difference, by giving a unique gift to Carly's Club.

Lunch on Thursday was not ordinary at all for a group of Amherst sixth graders.

Cheers, signs and posters, all served as symbols of excitement surrounding the idea of giving to others.

"It felt like it was all inspiration on just making children happy," said sixth grader Lindsay Gazda. "And seeing kids sad is the worst thing you could ever see."

Two hundred students from the Amherst Middle School's sixth grade teamed up to brainstorm, write and illustrate 50 childrens books for Carly's Club.

The group lends support to young cancer patients at Roswell Hospital and their families.

"Each book was about an animal and their problems and how they solved it," explained sixth grader Alex Braden.

"We each gave a dollar so we could give gifts in wrapping paper so they could feel special," adds classmate Aliya Vandi.

These unique gifts are special to the young patients.

Robin Hace, the Program and Event Manager of Carly's Club, says, "These kids are in 6th grade, so it's around the age of a lot of our kids at Roswell. And something that's handmade really comes from the heart -- so its great."