Lauren Richetelli, 13 of Orange made this past holiday season a little brighter for kids suffering with cancer and other diseases by organizing a toy drive to benefit children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The Amity Middle School 8th grader saw a commercial asking for donations for St. Jude’s in November. She went to work immediately, enlisted the help of a couple friends, by creating a flyer requesting toys or monetary donations and received permission from the school to distribute the flyer to all 600 middle school kids and also place a box for toy donations in the school’s office.
Lauren then appealed to family and friends by mailing the flyer to over 50 families. The response from the community was incredible! She received donations totaling $685, which she used to purchase 92 items, including toys, books and gift cards for kids of all ages. She collected donations of 64 toys from the collection box at Amity.
Lauren was able to send 5 large boxes, totaling 156 items to St. Jude’s in December, making for a tremendously successful project. She hopes to grow the toy drive for next holiday season.