Members of Grays Harbor College’s Human Services Program made the holidays much brighter for more than 300 children with their annual Toy Drive.

The Human Services students work hard all year to raise funds and donations, all earmarked to purchase new toys to be distributed to qualifying families in need among GHC’s student population. On Friday (12/11), those parents – who are without the money to otherwise buy presents for their children selected gifts and then their surprises were wrapped in festive paper.

“Without our very generous businesses and organizations, we wouldn’t be able to help the number of families that we do,” comments Chandra Miller-Starks, the College’s Human Services instructor.

For example, she notes that refurbished bicycles were donated by the Aberdeen lions Club working with offenders at Stafford Creek Corrections Center. Beverly and Joe Cornell’s organization, Making a Difference for Grays Harbor Kids gave the program a huge assortment of coats, shirts, dresses, shirts, and scarves, plus more toys.

GHC Carpentry students worked in coordination with the Grays Harbor Woodworkers Guild to donate more than 60 handmade wood toys.

Walmart and Dennis & Co. allowed the Human Services students to fundraise outside their entrances on Black Friday. Other generous donations came from many businesses, including Dennis & Co., Jay’s Farm Stand, Michael’s Meats, A & B Machine, Quigg Bros, Inc., Swanson’s, Finishline Car Care, Masco Petroleum, Inc., Longshore FCU, Elma RV Park, Pape Machinery, Bryan and Son Jewelry, Aaro Medical, A-1 Roofing, All Blinged Out, KDIS Environmental, Premier Realty, and several anonymous donors.

On the GHC campus, faculty, students and staff helped raise approximately $2,800 by participating in fundraisers throughout the year, along with substantial toy donations; a total of $4,300 in cash donations was collected.

For more information about GHC’s Human Services program, contact Mike Kelly, Associate dean for Workforce Education, 360.538.4013, [email protected]