“After I told her (owner Jane Sample) what it was for, she said it was for such a good cause that she wasn’t going to charge me anything for the room,” she said.
After Carol thanked her and said all she had to do now was find someone to play music for the children, Sample asked her son, Brannion Sample, a professional disc jockey, if he would donate his time.
“He was more than willing to do so, with no other information other than his mom saying it was for a good cause,” Carol said.
While Carol was taking care of the “grownup details,” Emily was busy making fliers to advertise the event. She is also posting a daily inspirational thought on the event’s newly created Facebook page: Teens for the Marines Toys for Tots.
“The real test is if we can pull this off in two weeks,” Carol said.
But so far, things have been coming together nicely.
Carol’s employer, AAA Northway in Plattsburgh, has donated movie passes, North Bowl Lanes in Plattsburgh gave bowling passes, and Punkie’s Shear Perfection in Plattsburgh contributed a gift certificate. These items will be given as door prizes.
There’s lots to think about when planning an event for middle-schoolers, Carol said, such as chaperones and finding a system to sign kids in and out to ensure their safety.
But she is in contact with Beekmantown Middle School and is hammering out the details.
Emily has invited everyone in her sixth-grade class, about 110 students.
“I know the majority of them, so I’m really excited,” she said.
Other young people may attend as well.
If the event is a success, Carol wants to keep it going each year, even after Emily graduates from high school. Then, her mom said, her younger siblings, Jacob, 8, and Amanda, 4, can take over.