We had some special kids stop in to the Post this week, their arms laden with presents. Alex Vanderhyde, 7, her sister Josephine, 6, and brother Dominic 4, came in to donate gifts to Toys for Tots.
That’s not an uncommon occurrence, but what was truly rare, was that these kids paid for the presents themselves.
Yes, you read that right.
Alex, Josephine and Dominic, children of Nick and Shannon Vanderhyde, save up all year to be able to do this. According to Shannon, the kids take portions of their allowance and other money they get and allot some for savings, some for donating, and some for spending. “And any extra they can put wherever they want,” explained Shannon.
It’s the second year they’ve done it, she said.
The kids then got to go shopping and pick out the presents themselves—about eight of them in all—and dropped them off at the Post.
It’s a lesson in managing money that we could all learn from.
The Post is collecting Toys for Tots through December 15. Please drop off your new, unwrapped toys at 36 E. Maple Street, Cedar Springs, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. If you need to make arrangements for a different drop off time, please call 696-3655.