KARNS CITY, Pa. – The Karns City softball team is in the middle of holding its second annual “Step up to the Plate” toy drive and t-shirt fundraiser.
The team will be holding a toy drive from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, in the Karns City High School parking lot with the goal to fill one of the Karns City High School vans with toys to donate to Toys for Tots.
“We plan on donating the toys in Butler,” seniors Ashley Fox, Zoe King, Rossi McMillen, Marra Patton, Sarah Patton, Allison Walker, and Megan Whitmire, said.
Along with collecting toys, the team is also selling T-shirts. The money raised from the T-shirt sales will be used to buy gift cards from local businesses. The gift cards will then be distributed to local families in the Karns City School District who are less fortunate.
“This is so special to our team because we can provide local families with things they can positively benefit from,” the seniors said.
According to the seniors, planning the charity event took both hard work and teamwork from each of the seniors on the softball team.
“We were all in charge of something so this event will be successful,” the seniors said. “We have come together as a team and worked as one.”
While the seniors are organizing this event, the rest of the team is also participating by selling T-shirts and collecting toys.
“This toy drive means many things to the girls on the Karns City softball team,” the seniors said. “We get to help kids get a Christmas, even if the parents can not afford to get gifts. It makes us happy that kids in need will have a surprise underneath the Christmas tree on the happiest day of the year. Being a part of something that helps the community brings us so much joy. It is an amazing opportunity to help kids in need during the holiday season. It means that we get to warm someone’s heart when they need it the most. It’s an honor to help the kids who are less fortunate and help get them a gift for Christmas. A lot of families have been affected by the pandemic and are not able to provide a Christmas, so this is something extra special for the
ones that need it.”
The Dec. 5 toy drive is the third one held by the Lady Gremlins this year along with Nov. 14 and Nov. 21.
Anyone interested in making a donation can contact the team through its Facebook page.