Earlier this week, Martin Luther King school angel tree organizer Julie Peterson worried about the lack of presents underneath the school’s tree for neighborhood kids in need.
After two weeks, there were only 80 donated gifts, but volunteers’ pleas for donations for the 480 students at MLK were quickly answered. By this morning, they had nearly quadrupled the amount of gifts they needed.
Allegheny General Hospital responded to its neighborhood school’s need by taking 200 angels off the tree and replacing them with toys. Soon after, South Fayette School District donated 1,500 brand new toys to MLK’s tree, creating an excess of donations.
“It’s all about letting these kids know they’re appreciated, and we want them to keep coming to school,” said Peterson, who noted that this was an excellent supplement to the school’s first year as a teaching academy.
MLK volunteers are now looking for other organizations and individuals to donate their excess of toys too. Peterson asks that any requests or suggestions be sent to Juliepeterson1@hotmail.com