Bright Side: Peoria Hebrew Day School students donate to charity

By WEEK Producer

March 26, 2014 Updated Mar 26, 2014 at 7:59 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Children at the Peoria Hebrew Day School donated money on Wednesday to several local charities.

The children have been collecting money daily for the entire year as part of the Tzedakah Project, which means charity in Hebrew.

St. Jude's Research Hospital, the Children's Home, ARK Animal Rescue and the Jewish Federation of Peoria each received a portion of the money raised.

"One of the tenants of Judaism is Tzedakah, charity," said Yona Lunken, Fundraising Coordinator for the Peoria Hebrew Day School. "So this is a way for them to not only learn the principal but do it on a daily basis. The kids then have taken their money and seen it be given to people that appreciate it."

The 16 students raised more than $250. Each organization received $75.