Mansfield ISD Magazine Winter 2016 | Page 20

I MISD Toys for Tots Event Brings in Record-Breaking Donations t was another record-breaking year for the Mansfield ISD Toys for Tots event. The community came together and collected more than 31,000 toys and $7,350 in donations for children who would have otherwise went without this holiday season. MISD students have toys in hand to give to a Marine. The fifth annual MISD Toys for Tots event, held on Dec. 7, brought in a large crowd of people who came with donations and stayed for the fun activities. Some of the attractions were the sledding hill, an appearance from Santa, a kiddie train, a petting zoo and bounce houses. Campuses and departments held several contests to encourage students and staff to give to the cause. Local businesses also showed a tremendous amount of generosity. “There are not enough words to say how appreciative we are to everyone who contributed to the Toys for Tots drive. It’s overwhelming to realize how many people pitched in for the greater good,” said Jeanne Cassidy, sales and marketing coordinator at the MISD Center for the Performing Arts. “From the local businesses to the schools to the parents, we thank everyone for giving up their time and resources to make sure this event continues its tradition of giving and fun.” The school mascots made their rounds before competing in the annual mascot race. Toys for Tots was founded in 1947 and is run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. The program’s goal is to spread a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive and patriotic citizens. The number of toy donations received for MISD Toys for Tots has continually increased since its inception in 2012. In its first year, 16,000 toys were given. Last year, 30,000 toys were collected. The night was filled with student performances from different schools and grade levels. Event organizers said they are happy about setting a new record, but they are more focused on instilling the spirit of giving throughout the community. The Summit High School Sapphires, along with other drill teams, helped organize the toys at the end of the night. 18 Mansfield School & Family