On behalf of the United States Marine Corps League and the Donald Cook Detachment (608), Champlain Valley Union (CVU) High School is proud to serve as a “Red Barrel” drop-off location for the Toys for Kids Annual Toy Drive. Toys are being collected now through Friday, Dec. 19.
As described on its website, “Toys for Kids of Vermont is a volunteer program sponsored by the Vermont Marine Corps League which collects new, unwrapped toys during the Christmas season and oversees their distribution to needy children in Vermont. All money collected stays in Vermont and is used to purchase age appropriate toys to supplement donations, and for older children.”
In its sixth year of serving as a designated drop-off location for new and unwrapped toys for children ages birth to 18, Sophomore Class Council Advisor Michelle Fongemie notes that “the generosity of this community continues to amaze me. Each year I have coordinated this drive with the help of my Class Council students, we seem to collect more toys and monetary donations than the last. It is heartening to know that the spirit of giving and compassion is alive and well not only in the halls of CVU, but in the sending towns of Hinesburg, St. George, Charlotte, Williston, and Hinesburg as well.”
Regardless of religious affiliation, the primary goal of the Toys for Kids program is “to see that no child in Vermont wakes up on Christmas morning and asks, ‘Why can’t Santa come to my house?”
CVU students, staff, faculty, and families in sending school towns are invited to continue this tradition of giving to those in need. Additionally, this year the Class Council of 2017 would like to extend an invitation to local businesses to consider donating an item which might be of interest to a teenager. Monetary donations are also accepted, and these will be used to buy gift cards for the teenage population, which is typically underserved when it comes to age-appropriate toys. Checks can be made payable to Toys for Kids Vermont.
Businesses, organizations, or individuals interested in making any type of donation should contact Michelle Fongemie at (802) 482-7133 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Any persons wishing to mail a donation should address their correspondence to Michelle Fongemie, Toys for Kids, Champlain Valley Union High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg, VT 05461.