WEST MILTON — The students at Milton-Union Elementary School learned a little bit about acts of service and kindness last week when they held a stuffed animal drive for kids in Texas affected by the hurricane.
The toy drive was an opportunity to teach kids about doing good things for others in a way they could understand, Milton-Union PTO President Jennifer Shade said.
“It’s something that the students can relate to, because every student has a stuffed animal at home that they couldn’t imagine being without,” she said. “It was a personal connection that they could relate to on their level.”
The PTO sent out the information on Sept.1 and by the next school morning, most of the students in the drop off area at school were carrying stuffed animals, Shade said.
“It was just heartwarming, as a parent, to see them immediately jumping in to help others,” she recalled.
The PTO asked for brand new stuffed animals or toys that were in excellent condition.
Most disaster relief drives collect bottled water, personal hygiene items, or clothing and shoes, but the PTO wanted to do something for the kids, Shade said.
“Since we’re an elementary school and an elementary PTO, we wanted to collect things that the kids could connect to,” she added.
The organization collected at least seven large bags of toys by the end of last week. Those bags were sent to Houston in two shipments. One with Troy-based non-profit Wear the Message and another with items collected by the Milton-Union National Junior Honor Society, she said.