Each year, students at Robert L. Bland Middle School hold a toy drive for Toys for Tots in conjunction with H and M Motors and the Marine Corps Reserves. This year, 1,632 toys were collected. First period classes with the most donations won a tubing trip to Canaan Valley, which will happen next year. The trip is sponsored by H and M Motors.
The winning classes were Tara Wine Queen’s eighth-grade class, with 247 collected toys, Ms. Harris’s seventh grade first period, with 261 toys collected, Ms. Shafer’s first period with 300 toys collected, and Ms. Oldaker’s first period with 240 toys collected.
Marine Corps Reservists Roger Ware, coordinator, and Roy Wood, co-chairman of Toys for Tots, were available to collect the toys and take them to Elkins, where they will be distributed this week.
The Toys for Tots campaign for this region encompasses Lewis, Randolph, Barbour, Tucker, and Harrison Counties, plus parts of Webster, Greenbrier, and Pocahontas Counties. This is the 15th year the program has been stationed out of Elkins. Ware said the organization serves approximately 1,000 families per year, with over 14,000 toys collected.
“We’re glad to do it,” he added.
Principal Julie Radcliff commended Toys for Tots and her students.
“Toys for Tots is one of the most important projects you can do,” she said.
Larry Haddix of H and M Motors was also on hand to give the highest donators a $20 gift. Haddix and H and M Motors have been a longtime drop-off location for Toys for Tots, which, according to Haddix, is one of the biggest drop-off locations in Central West Virginia.
RLBMS and H and M Motors have been a part of Toys for Tots for six years.
The Toys for Tots organization also presented RLBMS with a certificate in recognition of their support.