Hundreds of toys collected by students in the North Bellmore School District will benefit children more than 1,000 miles away who have been impacted by hurricanes.
More than a decade ago, the Students Against Destructive Decisions club at John Dinkelmeyer Elementary School partnered with the Stephen Siller Tunnels to Tower Foundation to provide toys during the holiday season in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. In subsequent years, the school collected for children all over the country, including on Long Island after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
On Dec. 4, retired firefighters representing the Siller Foundation pulled up to Dinkelmeyer in a large truck, destined for Panama City, Florida. Students placed the toy donations in large bags which were then loaded onto the truck. They joined the firefighters in singing a few holiday songs together.
Toys were also collected from Park Avenue and Saw Mill Road elementary schools.
“The students worked very hard during the three-week toy drive,” SADD club advisor Joanne Signorelli said. “They’re always looking to help others and this was a great opportunity for the children to see the result of their actions.”
1: The SADD club at John Dinkelmeyer Elementary School in North Bellmore collected choices for children impacted by hurricanes in Florida.
2: Student and retired firefighters sang a few Christmas songs together after loading the truck full of toys.
Photos courtesy of the North Bellmore School District