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       “It’s all about the students.” – Montgomery  

 

It’s that time of year again. When our own Triton, Ms. Montgomery collects toys during the month of December for local families and kids who can’t afford to buy toys during the Christmas season. About six years ago Montgomery started volunteering, and it all started by a boy named Leo who was in track, who didn’t celebrate Christmas because they couldn’t afford it, “It occurred to me that we all just assume that the person sitting next to us is going to have Christmas, a Thanksgiving, etc. When he said that [the family not celebrating Christmas] it was just an epiphany, to realize that next to you, you never know what they have in there personal life.” tells Montgomery.  

Through the years the amount of gifts collected have doubled. The first year 17 toys were collected all on her own. The next year 30 bikes were collected and every year since more and more people have been donating. ” I do it so they [ the students] can learn to give out to more than just themselves.” comments Montgomery.  

As all their toys are being collected and donated, many wonder how the families get the toys. When Christmas day is closely approaching the toy distribution is held at the Boys and Girls Club, and Marine corps warehouse by Port Hueneme. 25 families last year were able to receive toys. Thought the gifts aren’t perfect they do try to meet the kids wishes, goal Montgomery sets is to try and collect more bikes for the kids.

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