The National Cheerleaders Association and Spirit Celebration joined forces this month to put on an epic toy drive to help out families in need this Christmas.
Spirit Celebration has been putting on a toy drive for an incredible 11 years at its annual Christmas Championship in Dallas, Texas. This year, the championship took place on Dec. 1-2, and as Spirit Celebration’s only 2-day event, it doubles as its World’s bid event.
A donated toy is expected as part of the athlete registration. Spirit Celebration also offered a spectator discount for those who show up with unwrapped, new toys. Last year, more than 7,000 toys were donated through Spirit Celebration's toy drive.
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The NCA Holiday Classic took place the following weekend and also collected toys for the drive. NCA has been doing a toy drive for Toys for Tots for the past six years, but 2018 marks the first time it has aligned with Spirit Celebration to donate to the same charities.
For NCA, the donated toy counts towards a credit towards NCA All-Star Nationals or another upcoming Varsity event.
Charity Groups Impacted Include:
- Scottish Rite Hospital
- Dallas Association of the Deaf, which shares toys with Autistic children and children who are both deaf and blind.
- I Can Still Shine, which benefits women and children who have left a domestic violence situation and are starting over. The organization sets up a warehouse like a department store and moms can walk around and shop as if they were at an actual store.
- Fort Hood Santa's Workshop, which supplies toys to military families stationed at Fort Hood.
Brandi Noble Albaugh, former NCA staff and current Spirit Celebration Creative Director, spearheads the Toy Drive initiative. She serves on the board for I Can Still Shine and was ecstatic when the decision was made to combine both Toy Drive initiatives.
“It overjoys my heart that our two brands are working together on the Toy Drive this season. We are going to have an even bigger impact on these kids. It’s a beautiful project and my favorite part of the holidays.” - Brandi Noble Albaugh.
After both events wrapped up, the toys were counted and an estimated 4,800 toys were donated between the two events!