What better way to celebrate Christmas than to donate gifts to kids in need? And these kids are right here in Houston’s most high-risk communities. This year, Pre-K Pals Toy Drive has joined forces with Houston History Bus to collect new toys for underprivileged children. They’re also raising funds for more gifts via GoFundMe. Our favorite historian, Mister McKinney, will be offering tours of historic Houston aboard the Houston History Bus to everyone who donates.
“This is a great way for Houstonians to experience, not only some of the best Christmas Lights in Houston, but also to learn about the history of Houston’s River Oaks community,” says Mister McKinney. “The toy drive is off to a good start, but we still need to collect about 1,100 toys over the next two weeks.”
Since 2005, Pre-K Pals Toy Drive has collected over 3,000 toys every year for kids in need. Volunteers partner with local high school students, parents, business leaders, and elected officials to wrap all 3,000 toys and personally deliver each one to an excited student at an area school.
“I’m proud to serve on the advisory board of the HISD Gabriela Mistral Center for Early Childhood,” says Mister McKinney. “The 12th Annual Toy Drive has been with the Gulfton area school since if first opened. If you’re out of town, or unable to join us on the River Oaks Christmas Lights Tour, you can still sponsor a kid at just $10, or a whole classroom of 20 for only $200.”
You can easily donate online via GoFundMe. All donations collected with help purchase new toys, wrapping paper, tape, and the rental of “Santa’s Sleigh” (AKA a U-Haul trailer to transport the thousands of gifts over a four day period). The volunteers who organize the drive don’t keep a penny of donated funds. 100% is used to ensure that local children have a Merry Christmas and the Pre-K Toy Drive goes off without a hitch.
“The public’s support of the Pre-K Pals Toy Drive means a lot to me personally,” Mister McKinney concluded. “Giving away free rides on Houston History Bus is the least I can do to say, ‘thank you for making the holidays brighter for area school kids.’”