Hundreds of children from across the St. Louis region will have a Merry Christmas thanks to the Adopt-A-Child toy drive at GM Wentzville Assembly.
The annual Adopt-A-Child toy drive seeks to provide donations and gifts for low- income and abused children through a network of nine shelters stretching from East St. Louis, Illinois to Montgomery City, Missouri.
Working in partnership with the United Way, Salvation Army, and area shelters, the GM Wentzville/UAW Local 2250 Community Services Team began the donation drive in early November. GM employees responded big by donating 46 bikes, 130 mp3 players, 50 computer tablets, and dozens of boxes of other toys and clothes.
“Everyone from contractors to hourly and salaried employees kicked in this year,” said Tina Hayes, GM Wentzville/UAW Local 2250 Community Services Team Co-Chair. “It’s really great to see the generosity of so many employees going towards a program that really makes a difference for children in need at Christmas.”
Employees also raised funds to purchase gifts through a baked goods sale and raffles before packing up and delivery the gifts and clothing to 230 children in need on December 15 and 16.
Volunteers estimated the total value of this year’s donations at being close to $50,000 dollars. Adopt-A-Child is the largest annual community benefit project by GM Wentzville employees.