7:30 a.m., Nov. 30)
Wilfrid Laurier S.S. kicks off Toy Mountain campaign
By Fred Sherwin
Jenna Branhan is one of the students organizing
this year's Toy Mountain campaign at Sir Wilfrid
Laurier Secondary School this year. Fred Sherwin/Photo
and staff at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School in Orléans
are once again taking on the roles of Santa's little helpers
in their effort to collect toys and food items for financially
challenged families in the region.
east end high school kicked off its 2013 Toy Mountain
campaign on Thursday in the hope of building on the tremendous
success they had last year when Place d'Orleans passed
along thousands of toys donated by shoppers.
didn't take part in the campaign last year per se. Instead,
they accepted donations at their customer service desk
and drove them up to Sir Wil every couple of days.
just showed up with a truck one day and asked if we would
take them," said Sir Wil campaign organizer Laurie
Watson. "We said 'Sure, no problem.' "
year's campaign is being headed by school council co-chairs
Jenna Brahan, 16, and Cameron Dunfee, 15.
two Grade 11 students are extremely proud to be able to
carry on a tradition that was begun at Sir Wil 15 years
great to be part of something that helps kids that otherwise
might not get anything and the school and the community
can be part of too," says Branhan.
year Dunfee took part in the school's Christmas hamper
campaign which is run in unison with the Toy Mountain
campaign. Each class is responsible to put at least one
Christmas hamper together along with the office staff
and the teachers. The baskets are then delivered to clients
of the Caldwell Family Centre. Dunfee went on several
of the deliveries.
families were really, really grateful," says Dunfee.
"It gives you a good feeling to be able to do something
special for people and see how much it means to them."
and food items can be dropped off at the school between
9 a.m. and 4 p.m. up until Dec. 18. The toys will then
be taken to the main Toy Mountain warehouse using a truck
provided by the Paul Rushforth Real Estate team, while
the food items will be assembled into the food hampers
and delivered the following day. Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary
School is located at 1515 Tenth Line Road.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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