Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

December 13, 2013

Blazer clubs unite to launch toy roundup

Lana Bellamy
The Independent

ASHLAND — Several student-led organizations at Paul G. Blazer High School have taken philanthropy in their school to a new level as they joined ranks to launch a toy drive for underprivileged children this holiday season.

The drive, calling for any gently used or new toys, is slated for Tuesday through Thursday in the Paul Blazer cafeteria.

Students in partnering organizations (FCA, Beta Club, ACTs, Key Club, Spanish Club, Environmental Club and Tri-M Music Honor Society) have began advertising and promoting their philanthropic efforts well in advance.

At Paul Blazer, the donation drive will operate from building one of the school bank between 7:40 and 8:05 a.m. Toys can be donated during school hours in any of the classrooms, where organizations will collect from at the end of each day.

The Family Resource Center for the school will distribute the gifts to families later

President of FCA, senior Brooke Harvey, said, “We’re really excited to be doing this and I know it’s the first year, but I have high hopes for it and that it will do really well.”

Incentives and reminders throughout the school help remind their peers not only of how easy and convenient donating to the cause can be, but also begs students to realize the primary purpose for giving.

The toys students or families bring in directly benefit some of the students in the school who rely on drives such as these to act as hubs for their personal holiday shopping.

“There are so many people and kids, especially ones that we don’t even know, who don’t have good Christmases but put on a face or a mask, and act like everything is ok. We just want to show them God and give good Christmases to them,” said sophomore Vice President for Active Christian Teens Gabby Ingram.

FCA Vice President sophomore Madison Davis approached this Pack the Pick-up charity with personal motivation for providing Christmas toys.

“I’ve known people personally who haven’t been able to afford that much, but with statistics we know some people are struggling, so we want the kids to have an option to have a good Christmas,” she said.

Preferred toys for the drive are gently used or new. No restrictions on types of toys have been named.

LANA BELLAMY can be reached at lbellamy@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653.