Mansfield ISD Magazine Winter 2018/2019 - Page 20

Students in MISD’s fine arts program wear festive costumes as they perform throughout the night. MANSFIELD ISD TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE BRINGS IN MORE THAN 27,000 TOYS T he Mansfield ISD community displayed its tremendous generosity once again by donating more than 27,000 toys and nearly $7,000 for children who are less fortunate. Event coordinators said the outpouring from the community is nothing short of amazing. “Our MISD family is pretty big, and they have a big heart. We love doing this event,” said Flo Torres, director of the MISD Center for the Performing Arts. “You can see so many families and so many kids—from performing to helping to volunteering—and it just lets you know the generosity of the entire MISD community. We’re a community who loves to help others.” MISD’s seventh annual Toys for Tots Community Drive, one of the largest in the state, was held Dec. 5 at the MISD Center for the Performing Arts. Thousands of people came with donations and stayed for the many festivities. Some of the biggest attractions were the pony rides, snow hill rides, petting zoo, kiddie train, photos with Santa Claus, games and crafts. Students from various campuses also held crowd-gathering performances throughout the evening. Thousands of people attend MISD’s Toys for Tots event to give back and experience the fun. Toys for Tots is a program founded in 1947 by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. The program’s mission is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year and distribute those toys as gifts to children in the community who otherwise would not receive a present. MISD has donated more than 170,000 toys to the cause so far. The district partners with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and FOX 4 News to make the Toys for Tots drive memorable for all. Prior to the big event, MISD campuses and departments encouraged students and staff to give to the cause by holding all sorts of contests. 17 M A NSFIELD ISD.O RG