The elementary and secondary students at Tashkent International School have always had big hearts and a deep enthusiasm for helping others. Over the last few years they have collected shoes for a boarding school, donated clothing and winter jackets for an orphanage, and recently collected food, clothing, shoes and household items for the families of several villages who lost their homes during spring-time flooding.
The TIS students were recently been given another opportunity to help these same families and so far, the results have been impressive.
In late October, the elementary Student Council announced that it would sponsor a toy drive to help provide some holiday cheer to more than 40 children whose family homes were destroyed in spring-time flooding near Jizzakh and Samarkand in rural Uzbekistan. The elementary students responded wholeheartedly, quickly agreeing to sponsor all 40-plus children. But they didn’t stop there; that was just the first list of children. After the initial list of names was collected, the Student Council was given at least 500 more names of children from more than 200 families in the damaged areas. The names were collected in cooperation with the village families by a local woman whose aunt and uncle lost their home in one of the villages. This woman also partnered with TIS in the spring to help distribute the food and clothing collected by the TIS community.
It’s a giant task – providing toys for close to 600 children – but not impossible. The elementary Student Council has now decided to open up the holiday toy drive to secondary students and all faculty, staff and parents at TIS. The elementary students are confident that their excitement for helping others will spread throughout the school and by the time the holiday break rolls around in mid-December, there will be enough toys for every child in the damaged villages.
The collected toys will be distributed to the village families during the New Year’s holiday.
Information about sponsoring one or more children in the toy drive will be sent home with secondary students this week. If you would like to participate in the toy drive or would like more information, please contact Elizabeth Ford.