WRA brings in 201 toys for U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots Program

WRA brings in 201 toys for U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots Program

When the scent of freshly baked cookies is in the air on campus, it can only mean one thing — the annual Cookie and Hot Chocolate Reception is here. The much-loved PWA Cookie and Hot Chocolate Reception, held in the Wilson Reading Room, kicked off the WRA Toys for Tots and Candy Cane drives on Wednesday, Nov. 28. PWA moms donated dozens of delicious cookies, including hand-frosted holiday cut outs, giant chocolate chip and family favorites like spritz and chocolate-covered Oreos.

The event was sponsored by the student service club REACH (Reserve Ethically Advancing Community Health), and once again, the drive was a success. Students, faculty and staff collected new, unwrapped toys, and purchased candy canes to raise funds to buy additional toys for donation. The drive benefited the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots nationwide program.

In celebration of the season of giving — and also inspiring a little competition between the classes — every year, freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors compete to see which class can sell the most candy canes. This year was not without impressive efforts! With more than 3,600 candy canes sold, the results are as follows:

4th place with 336 candy canes = freshmen

3rd place with 384 candy canes = sophomores

2nd place with 1,245 candy canes = juniors

1st place with 1,659 candy canes = seniors

With a grand total of $1,564 collected and 201 toys donated this year, we commend this wonderful and spirited initiative. The seniors will receive the highly coveted complimentary dress-down day for their efforts.

Thanks to the combined work of so many in the WRA community, the 14th annual WRA Toys for Tots and Candy Cane Drives were once again a huge success!

U.S. Marines Corp. Corporal Morrison visited Morning Meeting on Monday, Dec. 10, to address the school community and collect the donations, which will be delivered throughout the region.