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NS Toy Drive Gives Children Something to Look Forward Every Year

On Dec. 18, the North Shore School District donated bags full of toys to the children of Schneider Children’s Hospital. This was made possible through North Shore’s 22nd Annual Toy Drive, hosted by Dr. Rob Gerver.

In 1988, Dr. Gerver started this toy drive. This program, once exclusively run by the high school, has become a districtwide event over the years, broadening the spirit of giving across all of the schools. Dr. Gerver, who lives right by the Schneider Children’s Hospital, would jog past it each day, and came up with the idea to help these children and lift their spirits through an annual holiday Toy Drive. He felt this would be a most fitting endeavor for the children’s hospital.

Over the years, this toy drive has grown dramatically; now everyone from every school district is able to contribute to this event, making it a bigger success each year. Boxes were placed in all five of the school buildings, encouraging students to drop off toys, books, CDs, games, and stuffed animals.

The North Shore Kiwanis Club was also a major participant in the donation of gifts. On Dec. 18, Dr. Gerver, Ms. Julia Salat and students brought the gifts to the hospital. As Dr. Gerver said, “Doing this is not for applause, but to make children smile.”

The Toy Drive has continually thrived, showing the devotion of North Shore Schools and Dr. Gerver to community service and to children in need. This Toy Drive is a reminder of the great holiday spirit at North Shore. This type of spirit and energy gives the children something to look forward to year after year.