Council Corner: Toy Drive EditionWe’ve all heard the saying, “It’s for the children,” but this time of year this phrase has never held truer. The Upper School Council Annual Toy Drive is a special event. Although the stress of school and deadlines pauses during the holiday season, unfortunately, sickness does not. It’s easy for many of us to forget that millions of children are hospitalized during the holiday season and are forced to spend their days surrounded by doctors and treatments instead of at home with their loved ones. Hospitals tend to be quite melancholy, and the weight of hospital bills often leads to a present-less holiday for these sick children. Their parents cannot afford presents, and their bodies cannot handle a trip to see loving family or friends. Imagine a Christmas without presents, a holiday season without joy. This is a reality just down the street for the dozens of children at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Children’s Hospital. This is where you come in. School Council has a long-standing tradition of supporting these children through the gift of giving. As co-chair, Niyati Parikh ’18 cites a friend who has hospitalized with leukemia during the holiday season as her inspiration for getting involved. Her friend received a toy through a similar donation and was overjoyed, giving her a chance to forget the pain for a little while. She was able to see firsthand the effect that a single toy can have on a child’s entire holiday season. Serving as a co-chair myself, I have always had a passion for helping children. These children are the epitome of innocence; they are so pure and undeserving of the hardships that come with sickness. The thought of a child hospitalized during my favorite time of year is what drives me to make the Toy Drive as successful as possible. We should do anything to make each child’s holiday season just a little bit better. School council faculty advisors speak of the joy of seeing the bright smiles of the recipients as well, saying that the toy drive is one of their favorite fundraisers of the year, and delivering toys to these children is rewarding beyond words. School council is collecting toys for children whose parents cannot afford toys due to medical expenses, but we need your help. We understand that the toy store is probably not somewhere you spend most of your time, so we have devised a system to bring the toys to you. Students can donate money to council, which will be put towards our toy store haul taking place right before winter break. During our daily community time sales, we have raised over $150 worth of toy sales in less than a week, and we hope to keep this momentum going. Students are also welcome to bring in new, unwrapped toys for the Toy Drive if they would prefer this to bringing in money. This fundraiser has been a Rutgers Prep tradition, and during this season of giving, it is important that we keep these children in our hearts and do everything we can to brighten their holiday season.
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