Community Toy Drive moves forward in Pierz

For 10 years, students in Business Professional of America (BPA) at Pierz Healy High School and the Student Council at Pioneer Elementary have collected toys and donations for the “Community Toy Drive.”

While the event is held in the city of Pierz, it involves helping parents from Pierz and the surrounding areas of Buckman, Genola, Lastrup, Harding, Hillman, Onamia, Pine Center, Brainerd and Little Falls.

Last year, 251 children received presents as a result of the drive.

Students and community members can bring new toys to either of the schools through Dec. 4. The BPA students also place donation jars in various businesses throughout the community and surrounding areas.

Chris Ortman, a BPA student, asked for the Pierz City Council’s approval Monday, to put donation jars out in the city. The Council also approved the use of the city maintenance building for storage and distribution of toys.

“What you do for the community is outstanding,” said Mayor Toby Egan. “Thanks for taking the initiative to do that. It makes our city a great place to live.”

The donation jars will be picked up by Dec. 7, and the money used to purchase gift items.

Distribution will take place at the city’s maintenance building and is slated for Wednesday, Dec. 11. That day, parents are welcome to choose one toy for each child, age  0 – 17, as well as a family game to encourage family time.

Donations can be made directly to Pioneer Elementary School Student Council, 66 Kamnic Street, Pierz, MN 56364. For more information, contact Michelle Ferguson or Faye Sandy, (320) 468-6458.