The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 18, 2013

Santa delivers 'Toys For Tots' at Shikellamy High School

Susquehanna Valley — SUNBURY — Santa took some time out of his busy schedule Wednesday to visit with Shikellamy High School students and make a special delivery to the Junior ROTC’s Toys for Tots campaign, a part of the Marine Corps. Toys for Tots iniative.

High atop an Americus Hose Company firetruck and ladder, Santa rode to the school to deliver about 90 toys from Americus to the Junior ROTC Toys for Tots campaign, which is in its 12th year, according to JROTC leader retired Col. Joe Walsh.

“It’s a service learning program of JROTC, which is geared toward giving kids an understanding of the needs of the community,” Walsh said.

This year, the JROTC Toys for Tots campaign has collected about 1,500 toys, Walsh said.

Each year, the JROTC donates $500 to purchase toys for the campaign and this year, senior Sarah Potts and sophomore Cody Fisher, in charge of purchasing the toys, also raised an additional $700 to purchase toys.

“It was very ehartwarming,” Fisher said. “To know that there were children who had the possibility of waking up and not having any topys under the tree, that breaks my heart ... If I can change that, that is what I want to do.”

Santa was transported in for the event via truck and ladder and was greeted by about 50 students, who were able to visit with him and take some photos following the donation.

But the day was all about helping others have a good holiday season, according to the students present.

“It feel great,” said Kyle Stephens, a freshman JROTC member. “It brings me joy, being able to give back to the community.”

The toys collected by the JROTC will benefit local children, including many in Sunbury and Northumberland, Walsh said.

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