Mobile County Public Schools collected toys from schools around the county this week as part of its fourth annual Stuff the Bus campaign. Donations from students, teachers, administrators, staff and board members were loaded into two school buses and then dropped off at WKRG for the Great Toy Drive on Thursday.
The total number of toys unloaded off the buses on Thursday was 4,868, but another 193 were picked up and delivered on Friday, bringing the overall total to 5,061 — up about 700 over last year.
“Each one of these toys is going to make someone’s Christmas a little brighter, and it was made possible by the caring children and teachers in our school system,” said Larry Mouton, MCPSS’ assistant superintendent for workforce development and career and technical education. “So thank you every teacher and thank you every student for making our season bright.”
The toys collected during Stuff the Bus and the Great Toy Drive will be distributed through the Salvation Army and Toys For Tots to families throughout the Gulf Coast.
“There is no way we could reach our goal of 30,000 toys without the help of the Mobile County Public School system,” WKRG anchor Devon Walsh said. “The students love to get involved in this project and I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see these two buses pull up with thousands of toys. We just appreciate all the students and teachers have done this year.”
About 40 schools participated in Stuff the Bus, along with Central Office staff and board commissioners.