Students collect Toys for Tots to brighten the holidays

Students collect Toys for Tots to brighten the holidays
Posted on 11/30/2017
Students on Northeast Tech’s Afton Campus are gathering toys of all shapes and sizes as part of their annual Toys for Tots service project, which runs through Dec. 12. Students on Northeast Tech’s Afton Campus are gathering toys of all shapes and sizes as part of their annual Toys for Tots service project. The Toys for Tots program is managed by the United States Marines, and the mission of the program is to collect new, unwrapped toys for distribution to children in the local community.

Although the project is predominantly student-led, Student Advisor Diane Hampton is assisting the Northeast Tech students with their drive which runs through December 12.

“Our National Technical Honor Society students lead the organization of this event on our campus, and they always do a fantastic job of getting the entire campus involved in the effort,” Hampton said. “We’ve been doing this drive for five years, and in that time, we’ve collected hundreds of toys for the children in our area.”

To encourage participation from the student body, the toy drive is also a bit of a contest among the programs.

“The program that brings the most toys is treated to a pizza party, and for teenagers, food is always a motivator,” Hampton said. “We collected more than 100 toys last year, and it’s rewarding to know our efforts were able to brighten the holidays for children in our area.”

And students aren’t the only ones who can participate in the project.

“If members of the community would like to join us in our toy drive, we would welcome that,” said Hampton. “People can drop off new and unwrapped toys on our campus between now and December 12 during regular business hours, which are roughly from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.”

Once the toys have been collected locally, Toys for Tots coordinators pick up the toys and store them in central warehouses where the toys are sorted by age and gender. With the assistance of local social welfare agencies, church groups, and other local community agencies, the toys are then distributed to children of the community during the Christmas season.

“Community service is a requirement of many of our student organizations like NTHS, but inevitably, it becomes more once our students see the impact they have on their community,” Hampton said. “When they realize there are children in their community who might not have a merry Christmas without someone stepping up to help them, it changes their focus. Learning to recognizing a need and then stepping up to meet that need – that’s an important part of their education at Northeast Tech.”
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