February 19, 2020

Seekonk Student, Age 14, Organizes Massive Toy Drive

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Kaylen McGovern is an eighth grade student who decided to get involved and organized a toy drive for benefit of families with children who are clients at the Doorways food pantry. Kaylen, age 14, created a flyer to solicit donations, and distributed it throughout her neighborhood of Banna Estates. Neighbors, family and friends responded in a big way. When Christmas came, Kaylen had collected hundreds of beautiful toys for needy children in Seekonk. This was the second year Kaylen has organized a toy drive, and the results more than doubled last year’s toy donations. Over two hundred toys were distributed to become the Christmas morning delight of dozens of local children.

It takes a lot of effort to organize, collect and deliver a sleigh-load of toys for local kids – why did she do it? Kaylen says she just wanted to do “more”. The gift she and her neighbors gave goes beyond mere playthings: to be a child at Christmas without a toy is to be sad, but to be a parent at Christmas and unable to give your child a toy – that is anguish. The toys, then, are a double gift – they bring smiles to the face of parent and child alike.

Kaylen would like to thank her sisters Kerrin and Marley, and her mom and dad, for their help with collecting and delivering the toys. And the community at Doorways, volunteers and clients alike, would like to thank all of our supporters and benefactors in the Town of Seekonk. May God bless us all as we close out the Christmas season and look forward in hope to the New Year.

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