Thanks to family, friends, neighbors, residents and members of the Naperville Junior Woman’s Club, Tim Corbett, a local Boy Scout in Troop 107, achieved his goal to “fill a semi” with new and gently-used toys for less fortunate girls and boys. His Toy Drive, a project that will help him earn his Eagle Scout award, was held Sat., June 23, at Safety Town under sunny skies.
Though he lost count, young Corbett estimated nearly 150 generous people either dropped off toys recently at his house or on Saturday at Safety Town during the 5-hour Toy Drive to benefit the Toy Box Connection.
For the project, Corbett had to choose and manage a project that benefits the local community. He partnered with Toy Box Connection and Safety Town to complete the project.
Growing up, Corbett always wanted to find the cool toys he outgrew a new home. He discovered Toy Box Connection through a newspaper article several years back and began donating the toys he outgrew. Toy Box Connection supports underprivileged kids with new and gently used toys, games and books.
“I am doing this because I love helping children,” said Corbett earlier, now grateful for the outpouring of support he’d received.
At 2PM, Corbett, his friends and family were closing up the collection site, basking in the day’s success and time for a few photos.
The largest item was a backyard playhouse. Other donations included bicycles, big wheels, books, board games and a whole bunch of brand new toys from a toy store that had been slightly scratched or dented.
“Everything Tim needed for the day was donated,” said Bill Corbett, pleased that his son’s idea had been so well received by the community. The semi-truck came from 3MD Re-location Services, Safety Town provided its parking lot for drop off event and 3MD bought lunch, he added.
For more information about Toy Box Connection, visit www.toyboxconnection