2018 Rogers Scholar Morgan Warren stands in front of more than 450 wrapped Christmas gifts to be delivered to children in Knox County through Reagan’s Toy Drive.

2018 Rogers Scholar Morgan Warren of Knox County is honoring the memory of her sister, Reagan, who started a holiday toy drive five years ago.

Morgan Warren, a graduate of The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars program and student at Knox Central High School, selected Reagan’s Toy Drive for her Rogers Scholars community service project.

“I was honored to be able to carry on the tradition in memory of my sister,” said Warren, a high school senior.  “While this project requires lots of hard work, the smiles on the kids’ faces make it all worthwhile.”

With a little help from community members, churches, schools, family resource centers, local businesses, and high school athletic teams, Reagan’s Toy Drive delivered more than 450 wrapped Christmas gifts to children throughout Knox County.

“Without the help of so many wonderful people, this could not have been possible,” Warren said. “My sister, who was also a Rogers Scholar, started this holiday toy drive as a way to give back to her community.”

While delivering toys, Warren said she heard a thankful mother say, “After losing my job this year, I did not know how I was going to provide Christmas for my children. But thanks to Reagan’s Toy Drive, our kids received toys, and we were able to have a happy Christmas.”

Warren is the daughter of Steve and Jennifer Warren.