COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WKBN) – Toy drives are happening all over the Valley, and one Columbiana County is spotlighting an effort by two schools.

For more than 25 years, students from Springfield and Crestview Middle Schools have been collecting toys, games and personal items to donate.

Monday, the students from both schools met so the donations could be given to families in each other’s communities for Christmas.

Melanie Workman and her husband Scott came up with the idea 26 years ago when both were teaching in the two districts, encouraging their students to get involved.

We collected 500 and Crestview collected 504, so we’re about even. Every year, we collect right around 1,000 gifts, so we’re up to about 26,000 gifts with this being the 26th year,” Workman said.

After exchanging their donations, the kids were treated to lunch.

Local churches in the two communities help determine where the gifts should be delivered along with food baskets for the holidays.

In Trumbull County, the Salvation Army in Warren is getting a big donation from 11-year-old Julia Anderson of Howland.

Anderson collected enough toys for 54 kids. She did it with the help of neighbors, family and friends.

This is the third year she’s been collecting toys for the Angel Tree program. So far, it’s the most successful yet.