Each year during Advent, Kellenberg Memorial High School holds a different drive in order to help those less fortunate and celebrate the Advent season. This year members of the Kellenberg family collected toys for children through the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation as well as winter clothing for the Saint Vincent De Paul society. Through these donations the School hopes to bring joy and comfort to the less fortunate people in our very own neighborhoods of Long Island.
The drive began on Dec. 9 with a video that was played on morning announcements to give some background on these two foundations, and to ask students to pick up an ornament during their lunch period. The ornaments were labeled with specific toys for girls and boys ranging from ages 2-12. Some examples include board games, remote control cars and baby dolls. In addition to these toys, some ornaments were labeled with various winter clothing items. Many students dressed in elf and Santa Claus costumes hoping to spread some Christmas cheer and encourage their fellow classmates to participate in the drive and to be as generous as possible. Along with those students, two members of the Marine Corps were in the hallways thanking the students and handing out ornaments.
Over the course of the next week students and members of the Kellenberg Family brought in over 4,000 toys and a large assortment of winter clothing. By the following Monday the school lobby was filled with toys and clothes, which were then picked up by the Marines and the St. Vincent De Paul society to be delivered to those in need.