More than 80 Hoben Elementary third-graders braved blistery cold temperatures and plodded through the snow Monday morning, walking from school to the Canton Meijer on Ford Road in order purchase toys for children in need this holiday season.
Students spearheaded the campaign, called Pocket Change for Presents, to collect change for the months of November and December. They ended up raising about $680, according to Renae Pierson, one of the teachers who coordinates the event.
Monday morning the students and parent volunteers walked to Meijer and made their purchases. Later Monday afternoon, a representative from Toys for Tots picked up the presents from the school.
Nobody really knows how long Hoben's third grade classes have been in charge of the fundraiser, but it's been about 20 years, Pierson said.
Kimberly Willey, a parent of one of the students, volunteered to lead a group of students on the shopping trip.
"What a wonderful thing these children are doing and the lessons they learn and teach others by doing this," she said.