The Matthew Fetzer Toy Drive conducted by the HS Interact Club culminated with a truck full of toys being presented to the Fetzer Family this week. Each school in the district holds a Matthew Fetzer Toy Drive and details will be posted on the website as they each come to an end. The toy drive is held each year In memory of Matthew Fetzer, a Locust Valley student who lost his battle with Leukemia almost five years ago.

Interact collected toys and held fundraisers such as a bake sale to raise money to purchase toys for the drive. The toys will be distributed to children in local hospitals by Matthew's family who started this toy drive to honor their son's dreams. Matthew’s parents, Ann and Bill Fetzer said he really wanted to give children in hospitals something to smile about.  “He always said that when he got better he was going to collect toys for the children. He was so sad for them that they did not get toys for Christmas,” Ann Fetzer said. Matthew understood that many families could not afford Christmas presents with all the medical expenses they had to pay.

The toys will be distributed along with the toys collected throughout the district, to Schneider’s Children’s Hospital, Winthrop University Hospital, and Columbia Presbyterian – all hospitals Matthew spent time in.