One of Holy Cross High School’s community service groups, Helping Hands, hosted a toy drive at the end of March. Students, teachers and staff who brought in a toy were allowed to dress down in pajamas. All collected items will be sent to CT Children’s Medical Center and Yale New Haven Hospital.
Helping Hands member, Celine Assahoua ’24 took the lead on this ambitious project. She perused old yearbooks to view past fundraising. “I saw that Holy Cross did a toy drive with a pajama theme dress down. I thought it would be a good idea to bring that back.”
Planning for this event took about three weeks. Celine contacted hospitals to inquire if they were taking toys. She later did some graphic design work and posted on the Helping Hands Instagram page to spread the word about the event. Other members designed posters and hung them up around school.
“The majority of the student body participated,” said Jodie LaCava McGarrity ‘93, Guidance Counselor/International Program Director/Helping Hands Advisor. “More than 600 items including books, stuffed animals, games, toys and sporting equipment were donated. Some brought more than one thing. We are so happy with the turnout for this drive.”
Celine looks forward to delivering the donated items to the children’s hospitals. “I hope this brightness the children’s day,” she said. “We want them to feel better and happy. We hope these toys lighten their experience in the hospital.”