Mayfield Jr./Sr. High School

Jon Peterson


27 School Street

Mayfield, NY 12117



Jr/Sr High School



Elementary School


leaf bullet Hundreds of elementary students "stuff the sleigh" for children in Fulton County



December 7, 2017

Some students dropped stuffed animals or pogo sticks in the clear plastic bags. Some dropped boxes and bags. One young man dropped a single plastic soldier, obviously a donation from his own toy shelf.

All were laughing or smiling as they made their way out the school's front door in organized lines in frigid 30 degree temperatures and a brisk wind to drop their donations into awaiting large plastic bags.

No matter the gift, nearly every child and adult at Mayfield Elementary School today came with something in hand for somebody they will never meet - a needy child in Fulton County. Called "Stuff the Sleigh," Mayfield students answered the call from the Salvation Army of Fulton County.

Principal Nicholas Criscone said the Salvation Army last year collected 1,600 toys for 400 children in Fulton County. "Our goal is three times that this year," he told students during an assembly to kick off the event. "Three times. How many is that? Right, it's 4,800 toys this year!"

As he spoke, staff members wearing bright red tee shirts advertising the "Stuff the Sleigh, Salvation Army Angel Tree Drive" initiative stood around the students.

Criscone said a grade 1 student, Kendyl Conyne, approached him after hearing of a "Stuff the Sleigh" effort at a Colonie school. "We all know what is coming," Criscone told the students. "Santa will be at every little boy's and girl's house this year because of what you have done."

He said the Mayfield community is well known for its efforts to help others. "We always want to help others wherever we can and however we can," he said. Members of the NY State Police, Fulton County Sheriff's office and the Johnstown and Mayfield fire departments were at the assembly. They organized the toy collection by holding the large plastic bags as students poured out the front door.

The bags were placed in the back of an ambulance as well as in a green sleigh parked next to the ambulance.

Criscone rattled off other statistics about the importance and needs served by the Salvation Army: last year, it served 6,581 meals to 4,300 adults and 1,900 children. More than 700 households received food from the Salvation Army and a total of five tons of food was given away during the year. That food had a value of $175,000.

Here are a few events from the "Stuff the Sleigh" event today. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Back of shirt advertising stuff the sleigh  Two students in coats with their toy donations
Student holding up toy donation  Students showing off their toys
Student holding toy in lap  Emergency responders at the assembly
Students showing off their toys  Student displaying his toy donation
Elves at the assembly  First responders holding bags outside of the school
Student tossing red gift into bag  Student tossing big gift into bag
Student in gray shirt dropping gift into bag  Student delicately placing gift into the bag
Students in line to drop off gifts into bags  Students gather around the bags to drop gifts inside
Student in pink shirt dropping gift into a bag  Student in blue shirt dropping gift into a waiting bag
Student in striped shirt donating a toy  Student in purple shirt donating a toy
Student in red tee shirt drops gift into a bag  Student in light purple shirt donates a gift
Elf and student posing outside the sleigh  Group of students and adults in front of the sleigh                                            Students and adults in front othe sleigh