Seventh graders buy, build toys for Mission of Hope for 12th year

KNOXVLLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Students in Mrs. Crawford's seventh grade class got out their tools Friday for a good cause.

The West Valley Middle School students assembled toys for Mission of Hope for the twelfth year in a row. The students raised $4,000 to buy these toys by doing jobs for friends and family. 

"Simple chores, making your bed everyday, taking the trash down to the street," said Talon Pritchard. 

"I babysat," said Morgan King.

Once assembled, these toys and the others that were purchased with the money raised will be donated to families in rural Appalachia through Mission of Hope.

"I'm hoping these kids will see these presents and feel like someone does care about them," said Talon.

This year the school raised more money than it had in since starting the project 12 years ago.

"I'm so proud of them," said Amy Crawford, the children's teacher. 

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