The Amity High School freshman created posters and flyers requesting toys or monetary donations that were put up around the school, and distributed to 600 students at Amity Middle School.
In addition, boxes for toy donations were placed in the school’s offices, and a press release was distributed asking for community donations. Lauren then appealed to family and friends by mailing the flyer to more than 50 families.
The response from the community was incredible! Detective Mike Kosh of the Orange Police Department dropped off a large contribution of toys to Amity Middle School. Lauren received monetary donations totaling $920, including a $250 grant from the Rotary Club of Orange, used to purchase toys, books, accessories, and gift cards.
The collection boxes brought in 111 toys and gifts. Lauren sent 273 items to St. Jude’s in December, making for a tremendously successful project.
The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Central Connecticut donated $200 to help with the shipping costs.
Lauren would like to thank all the members of the community who contributed.