Retired school employees scrap trip, donate to Toys for Tots

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(KWTX) A group of retired Waco ISD employees who have been getting together for 40 years decided this year to scratch a girls’ trip or fun meal out and instead donate to Toys for Tots.

(Staff photo)

“Sometimes we just do a trip and spend a day but this year we wanted to do something for the community,” said Jean Moeller, a founding member of the group who is a retired superintendent’s secretary.

Moeller along with seven other former Waco ISD employees who worked from everything from human resources to special education dropped by the KWTX studio Friday to make the special delivery.

“We brought baby dolls and things for little boys and stuffed animals,” Moeller said.

“We hope that we helped some.”

The woman range in age from 68 to 84.

They get together often over coffee or to celebrate birthdays and while their backgrounds and ages are all different they share a common a thread.

“We have a thread that connects us, we're sisters. We just love each other very much.”

“It feels wonderful to give back”

(Toys for Tots is a US Marine Corps project with which KWTX has been actively involved with since 1991. Senior forecaster, Rusty Garrett, has served as Chairman of the annual drive from the beginning and passionately strives to encourage donations each Christmas season. His goal is to make sure every deserving family has gifts for their children.

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Rusty will be at the Walmart store on 31st Street in Temple.

Friday Dec. 14 is the final drive-thru date. KWTX and the US Marines will be at the following locations:

• Rusty Garrett and KWTX Studios at 6700 American Plaza from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
• Elliot Wilson and Walmart on Stan Schlueter in Killeen from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
• Brady Taylor and Walmart on West Adams in Temple from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.