GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Christmas is fast approaching and students in West Michigan are doing what they can to make the holidays brighter for other children who might not otherwise be able to experience the joy of unwrapping gifts on Christmas Day.

13 ON YOUR SIDE has been a longtime partner with Toys for Tots and has been collecting toys for our annual School Spirit Challenge. More than 70 schools from Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Allegan, Ionia, Montcalm, Newaygo and Oceana counties participated in the event and over 15,000 toys have been gathered.

Hundreds of students traveled to the 13 ON YOUR SIDE Studios to share their toy totals during the School Spirit Challenge finale. When they get here, huge trucks are then loaded up with all the new, unwrapped toys and will be donated to children in the respective areas. The finale event is always fun -- students get to meet their favorite news anchors and enjoy breakfast at the station. 

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This year 13 ON YOUR SIDE held a random drawing of all the school's who participated in the School Spirit Challenge. Santa Claus made a special stop to the studios to share BELDING MIDDLE SCHOOL won the drawing and would be getting $1,300 to spend however the they decide!

As always, thank you to all of our partners and supporters who make this all possible, and especially to all the people who generously donated their toys, money, and time to the School Spirit Challenge effort.

Happy Holidays from 13 ON YOUR SIDE!

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