New and gently used toys sit inside Jo’s Lil’ Cupcake Co. in the village of Liverpool. Jo’s is a dropoff location for a toy drive headed up by LHS junior Amanda Hebblethwaite. The toys will go to the Rescue Mission.
Photo by Sarah Hall.
Liverpool Amanda Hebblethwaite was literally woken from a sound sleep one night by a drive to help others.
“I woke up in the middle of the night one night and thought about how awful it would be not to be able to have your parents be able to give you gifts for Christmas,” Hebblethwaite said. “The next morning I talked to my mom about it, and she suggested I start a donation drive for some place like the Rescue Mission.”
Hebblethwaite ended doing just that. The Liverpool High School junior is conducting a toy drive for the Rescue Mission, collecting new and gently used toys for children in need.
It did take a little while after her midnight epiphany to launch the project.
“It was a year before I started doing it. I beat myself up for a year, because it was too late to start it,” she said. “So I did it the next year. This is my second year doing it.”
Not that Hebblethwaite sat idle in the meantime.
Toy dropoff locations
Edge Federal Credit Union, 7575 Morgan Road, Liverpool
Jo’s Lil’ Cupcake Co., 141 First St., Liverpool
New and gently used toys must be dropped off by Wednesday, Dec. 4. All toys will go to the Rescue Mission. For more information or if you can’t make it to a dropoff location before Dec. 4, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I always did Operation Christmas Child. I did that for a number of years with my church,” she said. “But I felt like that wasn’t personal enough. I’m still doing that, but on a local level, this is different. I enjoy doing it.”
Hebblethwaite said she chose the Rescue Mission as the recipient for her generosity because they accept used goods as well as new.
“We looked at a couple of other places, but a lot of places wanted new toys, and not everyone can buy new toys to donate,” she said. “The Rescue Mission will accept gently used toys, and that’s just as fun as something new.”