BELDING, Mich. (WZZM) -- There are just a few days left before our "Toys For Tots" campaign ends and local students are working to collect thousands of toys for children in need.
Every year WZZM 13 teams up with the United States Marines in the Toys For Tots campaign, then invite local schools to compete to see who can collect the most toys. This year, just like always, the students are giving it their best effort.
Belding Middle School has collected close to 300 toys for families in need. That's an impressive number, but student council advisor, Jodi Edwards says their goal is to reach one thousand like they did last year.
"We really wanted to make that goal again," she said. "We are a little worried because there was a shorter time between now and Thanksgiving for us because we had a long break but we are at 283 toys right now."
This week they have Santa, actually a student dressed up in a Santa outfit, going around the school reminding students to bring in that toy.
"I'm trying to get kids fired up," said Becca Loser, student council president and this year's Santa impersonator.
Belding Middle School always does well in the School Spirit Challenge, but the Edwards says it has become harder in recent years to get donations because of the economy. However, she says the school and community always find a way to step up and embrace the spirit of giving.
"Absolutely this is one of the most generous schools. It is just amazing all of the things we do throughout the year but especially during this time of year," said Edwards. "The need is huge and there is no better feeling than giving. It is just amazing. It is really neat to help the other people in our community."
"This charity is a great way to give back. If not for this, how many kids would not be getting toys," said Loser.
Tuesday she will dress as Santa and visit homerooms to get kids ready for the schools final push for toys. Over the next couple of days, the school will do video and PA announcements encouraging students to donate to Toys For Tots.
"It is really neat. We even have kids who have been participants in the program that have also helped at this end of it and it has been amazing to hear them talk about how much they appreciate everything Toys for Tots does," said Edwards.
She says she expects the majority of toys to come in at the last minute and hopes to meet their goal this year.