The holidays came early on Saturday as more than 600 children and their families made their way into Lincoln High School for Kids Wish Network’s “Project Toy Drop,” which delivered a truckload of toys, clothing and educational games to at-risk youth in the city. A score of volunteers, including individuals from Van Dyke Public Schools and the Warren police and fire departments, helped make the day a success.
Project Toy Drop travels the country, allying with schools, community organizations and the military to help those in need. The program also nurtures positive relationships between youth and city role models, including law enforcement.
Nicole and Anthony Golic are parents to five children including daughter and Lincoln High student MeKynzie, 16. They all attended the event and were taken with the turnout.
“It’s amazing how many people came out to help the less fortunate,” said MeKynzie. “It makes the kids feel special to know that people actually care and what they’re going through.”
Added Anthony,34: “[It’s rewarding] watching people get help who really need it.”
Van Dyke Public Schools Superintendent Piper Bognar could not have been more pleased with the day’s outcome and its impact on her students and their families: “We are so thankful that our community could come together…everybody will leave here walking on air.”
The event also included a proclamation awarded on behalf of the city by Mayor Jim Fouts to Kids Wish Network. In addition, Warren-based Central Transport was also acknowledged for their longstanding and dedicated logistical efforts for Project Toy Drop initiatives across the country.
“The goal of Project Toy Drop is to provide miles of smiles to children who need it most,” said Don Tanner, spokesperson, Kids Wish Network. “Judging by the happy faces we see here today, we can proudly say, ‘mission accomplished.’
For more information on Project Toy Drop, visit Kidswishnetwork.org.