Patients at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and other hospitalized children in the tristate area will enjoy a new toy this holiday season thanks to a recent collection at Ridge Park Elementary School (RP) for the Holton's Heroes Toy Drive.
"It's spreading kindness," said Phillip Boakye, a second grader at RP.
This is the fourth year that students have brought in new unwrapped toys for the cause.
"Participation has been good year after year, but this year was by far the best," said Stella Wiser, RP parent. "We had a generous donation of over 50 Special Edition and Holiday Barbies and an additional four large bags full of toys. I didn't count each toy, but we had to make two car trips to get everything."
The Holton's Heroes Toy Drive is on top of Ridge Park's participation in the district-wide effort to collect gifts for needy Colonial students and their families.
"Some people have nothing," added RP second grader Sean Reiff. "If they have nothing and you have everything in the world, you should share, and then they would have something, too."
"It's important for children to be part of the donating process and to understand that there are others less fortunate than them — especially the kids that aren't home to celebrate the holidays with their families," added Mrs. Wiser.
Holton's Heroes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, established in December 2015 to connect families of children who have suffered a life-threatening, post-birth brain injury with therapeutic tools and devices, enriching activities, educational information and resources. The organization was founded by Eric and Angela Weingrad after their son Holton suffered a traumatic brain injury. RP parents with ties to relatives of the Weingrads brought the initiative to the school.