GISD students accept Joy Maker Challenge

Spreading joy by serving others, students at Parsons Prekindergarten School and Pathfinder Achievement Center are making sure children across North Texas have a happy holiday. They donated bags of brand new toys to Hope’s Door New Beginning Center (HDNBC) Dec. 13.

“This is a real blessing for our clients and their children,” said Beth Leos, volunteer coordinator at HDNBC. “Often clients leave a violent situation with not much more than what can be carried. Christmas can be especially stressful, and the gift of a new toy can bring joy to children facing difficult circumstances.”

Parsons and Pathfinder partnered as part of toymaker Hasbro’s Joy Maker Challenge, which encourages random acts of kindness and volunteer service. Both campuses held successful donation drives, and Hasbro even added nearly $500 worth of toys to Pathfinder’s. At Parsons, the school’s new Positive Actions at Work (PAW) club collected an impressive amount as well.

The toy drive marked Parson’s second outreach effort benefiting HDNBC. Earlier this fall, the PAW club helped decorate one of the organization’s shelters.

HDNBC helps those affected by intimate partner and family violence, offering counseling, legal aid, transitional living, food clothing and more. To learn more, visit their website.