Community Council Hosts Toy Drive – The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle
The community council is partnering with the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) to organize a toy drive on campus from November 29 to December 17. Students are encouraged to donate new and unused toys to children who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Founded in 1984, VIP is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The organization aims to guide and protect victims and their families by mentoring students and children in the program, providing professional mentoring, and collecting donations.
Community board member Mac Bailey ’23 said the group’s partnership with the VIP was especially important given the rise in domestic violence during the pandemic.
“We have decided to join the intervention program against violence [upon learning that] one of our members had a connection to them, ”Bailey said. “The rest of us [were supportive of their cause], and we thought it was especially important to support this particular organization, given the rise in domestic violence during the pandemic. Our goal is to collect as many toys as possible and give students the opportunity to give back to the community as a whole.
Interdisciplinary Studies and Independent Research Advisor and Teacher Michelle Bracken said the toy drive and its partnership with the VIP is representative of the Community Council’s goal of providing students with an opportunity to give back to the community of Los Angeles.
“[This year], the community council hopes to raise awareness of how students can help others in need, ”Bracken said. “By sponsoring a toy drive, the community council offers [students with] an opportunity to give toys to children who might not get anything [during the holidays]. Hopefully the students will be able to participate in a modest way and contribute to the children involved in the VIP. “
Mia Patel ’24 said she enjoys the Community Council working with VIP, giving her the opportunity to support a cause close to her heart.
“I’m delighted to hear that the community council is hosting a toy drive on campus,” Patel said. “Domestic violence has always been a big issue for me, and I’m happy that the community council, as well as the rest of the student body, is supporting the victims who have suffered tremendously. “
Phoebe Hsu ’24 said she looks forward to helping out with the Toy Drive as a way to give back to the community as a whole, especially given the success of previous school sanctioned drives.
“I am delighted to give back to the community through my contribution to the campaign,” Hsu said. “I loved giving to the Thanksgiving campaign the community council planned a couple [of] a few weeks ago, and I am delighted that I can continue to serve the community at large through the toy drive.