Around the Green

Forman students have donated hundreds of toys to the Friendly Hands Food Bank in Torrington, CT, as part of the food bank’s Christmas Program. One student went above and beyond to ensure local children have a happy holiday. 

Kayla Dumas ’24 and her family donated more than 500 of the nearly 600 toys that Forman collected for the food bank. The donated toys included Barbie dolls, stuffed animals, baseball bats, and toy cars. Last year, Kayla also donated close to 500 blankets to the School’s blanket drive. 

“I’ve always liked how giving back was able to make other people feel happy. Sometimes our true happiness can be revealed when helping others, and that is something I feel has happened to me over the past few years,” she says. “I have always liked getting heavily involved in community service because it makes me happy, but it also makes others happy.” 

Kayla adds that it is important to give back, especially this time of year. 

“As soon as my family and I heard about the Friendly Hands Food Bank toy drive, we knew we had to become involved. It was important to us because we understand how many parents sometimes struggle to put gifts under the tree during these holidays, and it was important that we could do as much as we can to try to stop the struggle for some families this holiday season,” she says. “Due to the fact that Christmas time can be very magical for children especially because of their faith in Santa Claus, the last thing we want is for that beautiful spirit of Christmas to be ruined because they were no gifts.”

Brooke Crossman, Forman’s Dean of Residential Life and Community Service Coordinator, dropped off the toys at the food bank last week and will be bringing another round of toy donations the week before Christmas. 

“I love the toy drive because it gets our students excited about donating toys to children for the holidays,” Mrs. Crossman says. 

Mrs. Crossman adds that Forman will also be collecting coats throughout the winter to donate to the food bank.