Thirty-four preschoolers raised more than $1,200, and Thursday they spent it all to buy toys for less fortunate children. The kids and their parents raised the money in just three hours during a bake sale at Okemos High School.
Teachers and parents say it was a good lesson to teach the two, three and four year olds.
For many children, Christmas is associated with Santa and presents, so the children were able to learn about giving. Teachers and parents spoke with the kids about buying toys for others and not for themselves.
With the money, the preschoolers picked out everything from balls to Barbies, trucks, dolls, games and stuffed animals. The kids were excited and happy to be doing something for someone else.
Marines collected the toys for the Toys for Tots program. They will help distribute the toys to needy children.
The students purchased the toys at the Meijer store in Okemos. Meijer gave the kids a 10-percent discount.
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How Toys for Tots Works
- The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is directed by the Commander of the Marine Forces Reserve, with the assistance of his staff, from the Marine Forces Reserve Headquarters in New Orleans, Louisiana.
- The Foundation provides the funding and support needed for successful annual toy collection and distribution campaigns.
- To cover all 50 states and more communities in each state, the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve authorizes the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to permit selected Marine Corps League Detachments and Local Community Organizations (generally veteran Marines) located in communities without a Marine Reserve Center, to conduct Toys for Tots campaigns as part of the overall U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.
- One individual, either a Marine, member of a Marine Corps League Detachment, or member of a local community organization, is designated the Toys for Tots Coordinator for that community. The coordinator is responsible for planning, organizing and conducting the campaign in his/her community.
- Local toy collection campaigns begin in October and last until Dec. 22. Toy distribution normally takes place on Dec. 23 and 24.
- Members of the community drop off new, unwrapped toys in collection boxes positioned in local businesses. Coordinators pick up these toys and store them in a central warehouse where the toys are sorted by age and gender.
- At Christmas, coordinators, with the assistance of local social welfare agencies, church groups, and other local community agencies, distribute toys to the needy children of the community.
- While Toys for Tots coordinators organize, coordinate and manage the campaign, the ultimate success depends on the support of the local community and the generosity of the people who donate toys.
Source: www.toysfortots.org (Toys for Tots Web site) contributed to this report.