SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Since 2004, the South Plainfield High School (SPHS) community has joined together to host a toy drive to help make the holidays a littler merrier for those less fortunate.
The 15th Annual Toy Drive to benefit the borough’s department of social services is sponsored by the South Plainfield Athletic Department and the South Plainfield High School Athletic Booster Club and run by a committee comprised of approximately 20 senior athletes. This year’s fundraising effort kicked off in November and, over the weeks that followed, SPHS worked to spread the word, distributing fliers throughout the building and promoting it through commercials on Tiger TV.
“I was really excited to be chosen as one of the seniors to assist with the toy drive,” said Zoe Lambert, co-captain of the fall and competition cheer teams who, together with fellow senior Ashley Wyber, captain of the track and cross-country teams, collaborated to create the commercial in their broadcasting class.
“We got to tell people in school about the toy drive and it was so great to see everyone come together and donate to such a great cause,” said Wyber.
On the morning of Dec. 14, hundreds of new and unwrapped toys for children up to age 17 – including everything from Barbie dolls and electronics, make up and Play Doh, and stuffed animals and board games – were delivered to the South Plainfield Department of Social Services.
This year’s donation also included some $1,500 in gift cards along with several ‘big ticket’ items, including three bikes. One of the bikes was purchased by a staff member and assembled by the Robotics Team while another was bought with proceeds from a recent jean’s day and the seniors on the golf team chipped in to purchase the third.
“We wanted a big item, not just a gift card, and we wanted it to be something the older kids could use,” said senior Rebecca Veit, a member of the golf team.
“So many of us are a little more privileged and get those gifts but there are so many children who don’t … so it was great seeing our peers come together to give these gifts,” said Wyber.
Lambert added, “It is so important to give to others in our community, including the families in need that these toys are being donated to.”
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