Verona High School‘s Student Council is once again running its holiday toy drive for elementary schools in Newark, and you can support it by bringing a gift to VHS or H.B. Whitehorne before Tuesday, December 18. VHS needs approximately 650 toys this holiday season.
“This is a simple, yet meaningful, way to give back that has been a Verona tradition for almost 20 years, and last year generated over 650 gifts with the help of HBW families,” says Jonathan Thai, the faculty advisor to the Student Council. “We had such a tremendous outpouring of generosity that we were also able to provide toys for students at North 10th Street Elementary School in Newark as well as to needy families right here in Verona.”
This year, the Student Council will again be donating to both Hawkins Street School and Salome Urena Elementary School, formerly known as North 10th Street School.
The gift should be approximately $10 to $15 and wrapped with a note or gift tag indicating:
- what the item is
- whether it is for a boy, girl or either gender, and
- the age for which the toy would be appropriate (pre-K to 4th grade).
The donations can be left in the vestibules by the main offices at VHS and HBW.
“The children are so appreciative and for many, it may be the only gift they will receive like one girl who asked if she could wait to open it until Christmas so she would have something to open that day,” says Thai. “So tonight or this weekend, while you are out shopping, please consider buying a toy or two for the children of Hawkins Street School in Newark.”