On Friday, December 16th, Central’s THON committee wrapped up its last day of toy-drive collections, piling over 160 toys into bags and boxes to be donated the following day. The magnanimity of these collections and the efforts of Central students to promote this event may be hard to grasp when only seeing one end of the toy-drive spectrum. To put it into more numerical terms, after nominating the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (the hospital that received Central’s toy donations) for being the second best children’s hospital in the nation, U.S. News and World Report disclosed that CHOP admits roughly 28,000 children each year, while seeing about 1.16 million in outpatient departments. The toy-donation initiative is managed by CHOP’s Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy Department, a leading program in the country that recognizes the therapeutic value of play for children in hospitals.
Last March, Central held its very first Central-THON, a dance marathon whose donations benefited CHOP and the Children’s Miracle Network. Since then, the school has made big efforts to be mindful of its community – specifically children in the community – all year long. The original toy-collection goal set forth by the committee in late November was 100 toys for the whole school. However, over the course of the following weeks, Lancers donated over 160 new toys, all of which were hand-delivered to the Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy Department on December 17th .
There are many things that, throughout a student’s Central experience, they may find to be especially significant and influential in their lives. However, the sincerity with which the school was able to work hand-in-hand to benefit their community is a different type of pride: it’s a warmth in one’s heart with the magic of the holiday season. The Central-THON committee thanks Lancers for being the most outstanding and caring group of donors and participants during any time of the year, especially in light of the gift-giving season. You have all helped to make someone’s day all the more brighter.
Darya Bershadskaya (277)