Toys for Tots Fundraising
Every year, Avon's Warden leads the senior class in an effort to raise upward of $20,000 to buy gifts so that less-fortunate children in our local area wake up with presents on Christmas. In a year of unknowns and 'unprecedented times' this tradition of collecting toys for the Hands on Hartford organization seemed even more important than ever.
"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, over the last eight months our community has seen a great increase in need for assistance, and at the same time Hands On Hartford has had to restructure the ways in which we provide help to our Hartford neighbors," said Hands on Hartford Executive Director Barbara Shaw. "We are so grateful that despite these challenges Avon Old Farms School is able to partner with us (for the 28th year!) on our Toy Shoppe Holiday celebration to ensure that children in Hartford facing some of the toughest challenges will have smiles on their faces during the coming holidays.”
Many of the memories surrounding the holidays each year contribute to the Toys for Tots drive: dress down days, t-shirt sales, pasta dinners, hundreds of dozens of donuts sold, and of course a giant raffle. This year, the Toys for Tots fundraising efforts got off to an early start to make up for our two-week online learning period at the end of the semester, but it all still happened. The student council plans to go toy shopping in December and will donate all of the purchased items to Hands on Hartford.
While there will not be an impressive display of toys on the Brown Auditorium stage this winter, the Avon community is proud that we were able to come together to help local families in need.