This project “doesn’t just have to do with needs, but it also has to do with life.”
In November, during chapel, Reverend Allen talked to the school about our annual Agape Toy Drive. Despite the fact that Lovett has only been doing the toy drive for four years, this year marks our 50th year of doing a school-wide holiday service project.
It started out as a Thanksgiving project where students, faculty, and family would bring in canned food, but over the years it has changed. Agape, the organization that we have been working with, asked that we start doing a toy drive because it would be more effective for their program.
For many years we have been working with Agape, and one major highlight of our relationship with them is that, due to the impressive amount of contributors in our community, Reverend Allen claims that Lovett is “their biggest donator.”
Even with Covid still affecting our lives, the toy drive still “works out nicely.” Since Lovett is still able to send its students to give the gifts, Reverend Allen said it’s “immune to Covid problems.”
There is still one new thing that we introduced, which was donating unused coats, hats, and scarves. This is the first year that Agape specifically asked for these, and we left the task to the middle school (although, Reverend Allen hints that he might give the upper schoolers the chance to take on this job next year).
Reverend Allen says that this project “doesn’t just have to do with needs, but it also has to do with life” because it teaches our community many life lessons. One of these is being able to “take our eyes off ourselves” (in other words, focusing on other people and their needs rather than just our own). We also learn how to be givers, which is “a good quality to have.”