I can't believe it was five years ago that Lauren Hissrich and I decided to ask a few friends if they wanted to pitch in for some toys we were going to bring to Providence St. Joseph's Hospital for the holidays. In just two days we raised about $2000 and stunned ourselves and the fine folks at the hospital. Lauren initially chose St. Joe's because they saved the life of her oldest son who was born five weeks premature. Now, just about five years later, both he and our Toys and More Holiday Drive are going strong!
As we launch our 5th Annual Toys and More Holiday Drive, we can't believe how each year has far surpassed our wildest imagination and expectations... so let's do it again! As in the past, we're partnering with Providence Health and Services Foundation so all donations are tax-deductible. Thanks to your generosity over the years, we have raised almost $40,000 to help those in need not only at St. Joe's, but also at local shelters and organizations like Hope of the Valley, Family Promise, Covenant House, and the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank. And once again, we can personally guarantee that every dollar donated goes to purchasing toys and clothes for these kids. How can we give this personal guarantee? Well, at the end of the Drive, we take all the money you've generously donated, we show up at Target with a bunch of volunteers, and we spend a few hours filling carts upon carts of gifts for those in need. Last year our receipt was over 25' long! It is easily one of the best days of the year; one I look forward to immensely. One that is only made possibly by YOUR generosity.
We know this time of year is so busy and such a popular time for charitable contributions and maybe you've already hit your budget and that is great! But maybe you know someone who is looking for a worthy cause and maybe you won't mind forwarding our information to them.
If this is your first time hearing of our little project, we hope it inspires you to donate and if this is your second, third, fourth, or FIFTH time donating, we are so grateful for your help. It's so hard to describe the feeling this Toy Drive gives us and we couldn't do it without you. Either way, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!