BL's Holiday Toy Drive pulled out the charity equivalent of a dramatic last-second victory last week. With one day left in the drive, organizers Logan Hollins '25 and Max Wolper '25, and their faculty advisor Mr. McDonald, had collected 280 toys – not a bad total, to be sure, but still well short of their stated goal of 350. But upper schoolers saved their best work for the end. By the morning of Friday, December 10th, the final day, the foyer of Mr. McDonald's office was covered with new toys.
"We had to clear a path to my door," he said, "I couldn't believe it."
By the final count, the upper school contributed exactly 736 toys. Combined with contributions from the lower and middle schools, the grand total was around one thousand. A shopping spree by Owen Reid '22, Aidan Habibi '22, Kalen Stockton '22, and Malachi Dixon '24 proved to factor in the final surge, but toys came from a wide variety of students and their families.
Mr. McDonald had exceptionally high praise for Logan and Max, the drive's two freshman leaders, whom he called "exceptionally proactive and very professional." The pair approached him as early as September with the idea of an all-School toy drive and to discuss plans. In October and November, they worked closely with representatives from Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital to coordinate the program. Shortly after Thanksgiving Break, they brought in guest speakers from the hospital to talk to Upper School students about the drive.
Logan was, in his words, "over the moon" with the final success of the Toy Drive, but mostly he credits the joined efforts of Upper School students their families.
"Our advertising was very successful," said Logan, "But it all comes down to my peers for executing and stepping up."