Throughout the week of December 5th to December 9th, the sixth graders of New Haven Elementary worked on a toy drive. Gently used or new toys, books, as well as clothing have been donated by students, teachers, and parents.
Donated toys are given to the Mommy & Me store in Washington, MO. Here, Mommy & Me employees will figure what all of the donations are worth and sell them to the public. Melissa Frick, a 6th grade teacher at NHES, noted that in last year’s toy drive, Mommy & Me was very generous in what they dubbed the toys’ worth to be. However much money raised by purchases of the donated toys will be put into a voucher for those who go to Grace’s Place, a crisis nursery on Lafayette Street in Washington, MO. Anyone who goes to Grace’s Place will then receive a portion of the voucher to spend at the Mommy & Me store for clothes, books, toys, etc.
Grace’s Place is a crisis nursery where families or members of families go to escape hardships at home. It serves as a safe place for those who can no longer live at home for an abundance of reasons. Here, they are treated with love and care and are given a second chance.
Eley Barber, a student in 6th grade at NHES, stated, “I think Grace’s Place helps a lot of families through hard times, and it’s really cool that we get to help them in some way.”
Kate Unnerstall, a 6th grade teacher at NHES, commented in regards to the toy drive last year, saying, “Last year's toy drive was our first, and it was amazing! There were at least 3 or 4 car loads of toys for Mommy & Me. We raised almost $1000 for Grace’s Place, and we hope to do the same this year!”
“Every morning this past week, students from all grades who brought in toys paraded around the gym, holding up and showing off the items. After the parade, the kids set the things down under a Christmas tree for the 6th graders to collect,” Eileen Roth, NHES counselor, explained. “The kids march around and Mrs. Meyer plays music in the background. I think it really makes the kids feel special that they are making someone’s holiday a little bit brighter.”
Throughout the week, car loads have been taken down to Mommy & Me in Washington, and on the last day of the event, a total of 3 toy-filled cars were brought down to the store. The total amount the toys will be worth will not be released until right before Christmas; however, we can only imagine how much 3 car-loads of toys could be worth.
Thank you to all those for donating! Your generosity was key to the toy drive’s success.