Two Mobile County Public Schools buses crossed the county over two days collecting donations in the system’s annual Stuff the Bus toy drive, and when it was over they delivered over 6,200 donated toys to WKRG’s Magical Christmas Toy Drive.
The final count of donated toys was 6,254, which was up significantly over the past several years.
“It’s all about kids to begin with and when you see these young people helping brighten the lives of other young children around this area, it’s heart-warming,” said WKRG meteorologist John Nodar. “It’s really sweet.”
Forty-five schools participated in the drive, along with Central Office staff, Superintendent Chresal Threadgill and the Mobile County Board of School Commissioners. Students from E.R. Dickson and members of MCPSS’ Transportation Department unloaded the buses last week at WKRG, which will distribute the toys to needy families along the Gulf Coast through Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army.
“They love seeing that big pile of toys under the tree in our school grow,” said E.R. Dickson teacher Kelly Dunbar. “And it’s such a great lesson for them to see that giving right here, and how much Mobile County has impacted the community.”