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Northeast Times | December 5, 2021

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Student-inspired toy drive collects over 1,500 gifts for hospitalized kids

Student-inspired toy drive collects over 1,500 gifts for hospitalized kids

WHO: Elissa Martin del Campo, a fifth grader at John R. Good Elementary and patient
at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC)

Career and Technical Education (CTE) students of Irving ISD

Patients at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

WHAT: Delivery of toys collected during a student-led toy drive for hospitalized children who do not get to go home for Christmas.

Elissa Martin del Campo is an Irving ISD student who has spina bifida and is also a patient of TSRHC. Last year, she told her mom, Diana Villalobos, that all she wanted for Christmas was to give toys to the kids at the hospital who could not go home. So her mother’s co-workers in the CTE department at Irving ISD organized a toy drive to make Elissa’s wish come true.

This year, students of the CTE Humanities classes at each Irving ISD high school coordinated the event as part of a service-learning project, and more than 1,000 toys were collected. Students at Singley Academy donated the most toys, 509, and students in the school’s Humanities classes will help deliver the toys.

Ten-year-old Elissa is an excellent communicator and would do great in a live or recorded interview.

WHEN/WHERE: Friday, December 12
10:30 a.m. – Bus arrives at Administration Building (2621 W. Airport Freeway,
Irving 75062) to load toys
12 p.m. – Elissa and Singley CTE Humanities students will arrive at Texas Scottish
Rite Hospital (2222 Welborn Street, Dallas 75219) to deliver the toys