December 14, 2020
With the help of local businesses, Hattie Dyer Elementary held their most successful toy drive since its inception three years ago. Thanks to their support and the generosity of the Krum community, over 790 toys were donated to benefit Krum children in need.
In 2018, the Third Grade Safety Patrol at Hattie Dyer Elementary decided they wanted to do something for their community. They knew that some children in the Krum community were less fortunate than them, and they set out to make a difference in their Christmas by launching a toy drive. This toy drive has quickly become a tradition that our small town rallies behind in order to make a difference in the holidays of Krum families that need them the most.
As with many other things, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on many families. The staff and students at Dyer knew there would likely be more families this year that needed their help, but they were preparing themselves to have fewer toys than in previous years to provide to the families.
That simply wasn’t the case.
Countless community members donated toys to the Dyer campus, in addition to our business partners: Spencer’s Automotive Repair, Barnett Sweets Co. Krum Dental, Krum Veterinary Hospital, C & G Electric, Joy Grace & Co., Tudy’s Tacos, Krum Clips Salon and Air Check Test.
On Friday, December 11, these local businesses showed up at Dyer with trucks full of toys for children of every age in Krum. The Safety Patrol helped unload over 790 toys into their school that morning- the most toys ever collected in the toy drive!
The Dyer National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) also held a fundraiser selling lollipops to raise money to purchase toys for the drive.
Dyer Principal Lindsey Boone, Assistant Principal Macy Faught, and Counselor Nadalee Daves will coordinate the gifts based on the interests and likes of the children these toys will go to. Once all needs they know of are met, the remaining toys will be assessed, and a secret porch drop will take place if possible. With so many families not wanting to reach out for help, a secret porch drop will enable the toy drive to support them this holiday season.
Krum ISD would like to thank the Third Grade Safety Patrol, teachers, and staff at Hattie Dyer Elementary, Spencer’s Automotive Repair, Barnett Sweets Co. Krum Dental, Krum Veterinary Hospital, C & G Electric, Joy Grace & Co., Tudy’s Tacos, Krum Clips Salon, Air Check Test, and the entire Krum community for their compassion and support in making this drive such a success.