Number of Participants: 15
Hours Donated: 4
Value of Time Served: $507
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: January 7, 2020
Students in the North Bellmore School District showed their generosity by filling boxes with toys at the John G. Dinkelmeyer and Saw Mill Road elementary schools, with donations benefitting the Hance Family Foundation.
The Students Against Destructive Decisions clubs at each school organized holiday toy drives. They sought donations of gender-neutral, unwrapped toys for underprivileged families. Dinkelmeyer and Saw Mill were just two of dozens of toy collection sites across Long Island, with the Hance Family Foundation’s “elves” personally delivering toys to the young recipients.
Saw Mill additionally donated some of the toys it collected to Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center for kids who have to spend the holidays in the hospital.
“Some kids aren’t as fortunate as us, and we want to give to them,” said Kailey Harrison, a sixth grader at Saw Mill and SADD club member. “And if people are in the hospital, we can cheer them up.”
Added Salvatore LoBrutto, “Something we can do is help other children so they have fun playing with their new toys on Christmas.”
1: Members of Saw Mill Road Elementary School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions Club organized a toy drive for the Hance Family Foundation and Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center.
2: John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School sixth graders, from left, Ava Drachtman, Jack Weber, Jake Wilson, Aidan Benenati, Samira Ramoutar and Isabella Lettieri were thrilled with the amount of donations received for the SADD club’s toy drive.
Photos courtesy of the North Bellmore School District