Thai Garden Resort’s ‘Toys for Joy’ drive nets 40,000 baht for Baan Tungklom School

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The Thai Garden Resort’s annual “Toys for Joy” campaign brought 40 children from Baan Tungklom School much needed clothes, school supplies, toys and 40,000 baht in cash raised during the just-completed holiday season.

Resort General Manager Rene Pisters and hotel manager, Danilo Becker, presented the donations to Principal Pramoth Ngemtong Feb. 6.

Thai Garden Resort General Manager Rene Pisters presents a gift package filled with much needed supplies to this grateful youngster. Thai Garden Resort General Manager Rene Pisters presents a gift package filled with much needed supplies to this grateful youngster.

For each of the past eight years, Toys for Joy has solicited donations of new and old toys and clothing, cash and other supplies from hotel guests and chosen a needy school or organization to help. This year if was Baan Tungklom students missing one or both of their parents.

These children are growing up in the poorest of circumstances, and some of them live in slums without anybody taking care of them. Baan Tungklom gives their lives some basic structure and offers food to many of the kids who arrive for class hungry.

At Thai Garden, guests and visitors placed donations under the Christmas tree in the lobby of the resort on North Pattaya Road, opposite City Hall.

The school has 217 students, about 40 of these are orphans or are missing a parent. Teachers collect information from each student, determining what they need to live and study. The requests include books, pens, socks, shoes, belts and uniforms.

In addition to the material goods, the Thai Garden Resort raised 20,000 baht in cash. Management doubled that before handing over the money and gifts to the kids.

Rene Pisters, flanked by hotel staff and school administrators, addresses the gathering, offering heart felt assistance. Rene Pisters, flanked by hotel staff and school administrators, addresses the gathering, offering heart felt assistance.