VWHS Students to Host Toy Drive

Posted On: Thursday, December 5, 2019

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Van Wert High School students will host a toy drive December 9-13 to benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Students in Mrs. Natoshia Wilhelm’s PAWS class partnered with VWHS National Honor Society students and set a goal of donating 600 toys to children with cancer.

All VWHS students are participating in the “Believe In You Challenge” for the 2019-2020 school year. VWHS partnered with Varsity Brands to bring the challenge, and motivational speaker Kevin Atlas, to Van Wert. Kevin, the first-ever basketball player with only one hand to earn a Division I scholarship, challenged students to be the change within the walls of Van Wert High School, asking them to go to at least one school event they normally would not attend, in order to support their classmates.

In cooperation with Kevin’s challenge, Varsity Brands designed a year-long lesson plan containing a series of videos that students watch and discuss during PAWS, VWHS’s advisory period. Each month, students watch a video that highlights successful and inspirational individuals and are then presented with a new challenge, such as finding ways to improve someone’s day.

Students in Mrs. Wilhelm’s PAWS class were particularly moved after watching a recent episode which featured St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The students wanted to find a way to help other teens and decided to team up with Van Wert High School’s National Honor Society students to host a high school and middle school toy drive that will benefit the children at Nationwide Children’s Hospital this holiday season.

The students are asking for donations from community members, as well as students. For anyone wishing to donate a toy, they may do so during normal school hours in the high school office, or they can drop it off at the boys’ home basketball game on Friday, December 13. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Donations should be left unwrapped and they will be delivered the following week. Please see the Donation Wish List for items that are in high demand.




Infants & Toddlers (area of HIGH NEED)

  • Musical Mobile (need to be washable without cloth pieces)
  • Musical/light up toys
  • Board books
  • Crib mirrors
  • Boppy pillows
  • Rattles
  • Teethers
  • Textured blocks or balls
  • Plastic links
  • Exersaucers, swings, infant seats


Preschool Age

  • Crayola crayons and coloring books
  • Toy medical kits (Fisher Price)
  • Kitchen play items; cash registers, play food, dishes
  • Little Tikes & Fisher Price action structures and parts (people, animals, & cars)
  • Play tools
  • Toy musical instruments
  • Washable baby dolls (no cloth)
  • Pop up books
  • Light up/musical toys
  • Play-Doh and kinetic sand
  • Play-Doh kits
  • Bubbles
  • Transportation tracks (cars/trains)
  • Simple games; Memory, Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders
  • Wooden puzzles (peg & latch)
  • Kinetic Sand


School Age

  • Games; Headbands, Operation, Connect Four, Sorry, Trouble, Life, Guess Who, Jenga
  • Cards; Uno, Skip-Bo, Phase Ten, playing cards
  • Lego sets
  • Craft kits; Painting kits, beading kits, Hemp jewelry kits, ink stamp kits, wooden item kits
  • Matchbox cars/trucks
  • Toy dinosaurs, insects, animals
  • Non-violent action figures
  • Dolls & doll clothes
  • 24+ piece puzzles


Teens (area of HIGH NEED)

  • Games; Checkers, Adult Headbands, Scattegories, trivia games
  • Sketch pads, drawing pencils, colored pencils
  • Craft kits; latch hook with hook, bead/string kits, fabric painting, wooden items
  • Model kits (cars, planes, boats)
  • Journals (no spiral)
  • New Fingernail Polish/nail polish removal
  • Teen reading books
  • Playing cards
  • Teen Dvds
  • Gift Cards (Amazon, Target, Walmart, etc)
  • Word search, Mad Libs, crossword puzzles, and Sudoku books
  • Magazines of teen interest


Washable Games (for multiple patients to use and enjoy)

  • Guess Who
  • Kerplunk
  • Tip It
  • Trouble
  • Up Words
  • Yahtzee
  • Catch Phrase
  • Simon
  • 20 Questions
  • Perfection
  • Battleship
  • Bop It
  • Connect 4
  • Scrabble
  • Blokus
  • Master Mind
  • Fishing
  • Dominos


Audio/Visual Items

  • Blank CDs
  • CD Players or MP3 Players
  • Recent release DVDs (rated G, PG, or PG13)
  • Small electronic keyboards
  • Flash drives



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