Twelve Riverhead Daisy Scouts have spent the past several months gathering used toys to give to the 104 students at Southampton Head Start in Riverside for Christmas.
The girls, who are in kindergarten and first grade, have been collecting and cleaning the plastic toys, which they brought to Head Start Sunday afternoon to be distributed to students Monday morning.
“All of our students are from low-income families. This is going to be such a blessing,” said Head Start director Yvonne Green, who was helping the girls put the toys under a Christmas tree in a classroom Sunday afternoon.
Troop #2307 co-leader Kristin North said the toys were gathered according to the principles of the Second Chance Toy organization, which promotes helping those in need and helping the environment by reusing toys.
She said she called 30 charities before she found one locally that waswilling to accept used toys.
“The nearest place was Huntington Station,” she said.
Ms. Green told the girls she knew her students would be grateful for the gifts.
“The kids are going to be so excited,” she said.