It took a lot of planning and hard work to complete this project. To start off the project I had to figure out how much money I’d need and where it was going to come from. The Christmas fair part of my project was going to cost money so I produced a letter to give to large companies to ask for donations. About three out of the 6 companies I asked donated money and gift cards to my cause. I then went to my Service Unit’s Girl Scout troops and asked them for any donations, help, and involvement at the event.
My next step was to figure out where I was going to bring the toys. I talked to my local Fire Department and they referred me to the Fallbrook Sheriff and Fire Departments. After speaking with them I finally found the church to donate the toys to. I set up all the arrangements and couldn’t wait to deliver them.
The Christmas Fair didn’t go exactly as I imagined it. Not too many people came to help but we still had a lot of toy donations. It was kind of hard to tell people about the fair but we placed flyers in my mother’s Optometry office and in the library to recruit participants. I pulled the project together in about a month and took up about 60 hours in all. It was tiring but it felt good to make a difference in a life other than my own.
My main goal was accomplished by doing this project. Almost everyone wants to make a difference in their community and this was one way I was able to accomplish a fraction of that goal. Impacting someone’s life on a personal level gives you an amazing feeling. The children who came to receive the toys at the church impacted me as much as I did them.
The families living in this community weren’t millionaires and were hurt financially as a result of the damage. The extra money used annually for Christmas would most likely be used to pay various expenses to rebuild their lives. Collecting toys for their children benefited these families and it also lifted a stressful weight off their shoulders. They no longer had to worry about gifts from “Santa.”
My toy donations were from at least 15 sources and 150 people. When I told people where the toys were going, they were eager to donate. Many of the donations were from attendants of the Christmas Fair. At this event we had roughly 30 attendees, and 20 workers. Most of the supplies were donated to me by stores like Wall-Mart and also family friends. All the toys we collected were gathered up and stuffed into our little car so my father and I could personally transport them to the church in Fallbrook.
Sadly, my project won’t continue because these fires were completely spontaneous and by coincidence that it took place before the holidays. If another fire strikes during this year’s holiday months, I would be honored to conduct this project again.