It’s the most wonderful time of the year – 99.1 FM plays holiday music from dawn until dusk, students get 15 days off from school, and presents are exchanged between family members and friends. Gift-giving is one of the main elements of December, but for some, purchasing gifts for loved ones can be a stretch. This year, South’s student government plans to make gift-giving a pleasure and not a burden with a Toys for Tots drive.
Toys for Tots is a national foundation run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Its mission is to distribute toys to children whose parents cannot afford them for the holidays. There is a local Toys for Tots distribution center in the Eugene/Springfield Area. Collection of toys began in October and continued until Dec. 13.
The toys were then distributed to families on Dec.13 and Dec. 14. The only requirements for people to receive toys are that they bring proof of Lane County residency, proof that the child who is receiving the toys lives with the person picking them up, and proof of the child’s age.
“We wanted to do the drive because we were not doing a project at the time,” sophomore president Marin Emrick said, “and we had heard about it and decided it was a great cause and we wanted to contribute toward that.”
So far, the toy drive has been largely unsuccessful.
“After the first week of the toy drive we had a total of seven [toys] collected,” Emrick said. “I’m really hoping we can collect way more than that.”
The drive started on Dec. 2 and will continue through Dec. 19, the last day before winter break. Toys can be brought to first period classes or to bins in front of the office labeled, “Toys for Tots.” The first period class with the most toys at the end of the drive will receive hot chocolate and donuts.
“I think this drive is great, and I think it should continue next year whether it is my student government team or another class,” Emrick said.