Think Big Coworking member the Eric Berry Foundation has partnered with Baron BMW to take on the annual toy drive that benefits Children’s Mercy Hospital. Due to his recent illness, Eric has developed a special relationship with CMH.
The official name of this project is Stock the Shoppe and it’s AWESOME. CMH sets up a pop-up store at the hospital that allows parents to holiday shop for new toys/gift cards for free, so that they aren’t incurring an additional hit to their finances and can shop within the hospital without being too far from their sick children.
As a community, Think Big Coworking will be holding a Stock the Shoppe toy drive from Nov. 18 – Dec. 2 in support of the Eric Berry Foundation and the fabulous work they are doing for CMH’s hospitalized children and their families this holiday season. There will be a box on second floor by the community connector desk where you can drop-off your gifts for donation. We hope that you will join us in our efforts to help the Eric Berry Foundation collect 1,600 new toys/gifts, 400 books and 300 stuffed animals for children ages newborn to 21 years old.
Not sure what to donate? Take a peek at the most-needed items on their wish list– note that they have some special restrictions, as these items will be given to children hospitalized at Children’s Mercy and special care must be taken that they are brand new, clean, non-toxic and do not contain latex.
- Coloring books
- Barbies and dolls
- Board books
- Infant rattles/teethers
- Axe/perfume sets ($15 or less)
- Infinity scarves
- Purses/wristlets ($15 or less)
- Watches ($15 or less)
- Fisher Price Little People sets: plane, bus, barn, house, zoo, etc.
- Journals, blank books, and mixed media art journals
- Model car kits
- Infant toys with lights/music
- Headphones/earbuds ($15 or less)
- Camelback water bottles (no glass)
- Nail polish/lip gloss
- Adult crossword puzzle books
- $5 gift cards to local movie theaters, discount department stores (Target/Walmart) and gas stations (Quick Trip)
GUIDELINES FOR DONATED GOODS:
Because these toys are for hospitalized children, certain requirements must be met:
- All donations must be brand NEW, in original packaging, with tags attached, and free of odors and smoke
- We cannot accept items that contain latex, have been recalled, are violent or religious in nature, glass, latex, toxic, and/or edible (such as candy, gel-filled items)
- All liquid and toy donations (i.e. bubbles, paints, etc.) must bear the words “non-toxic” on the label to be accepted
- All stuffed animal donations must be new with tags still attached, never having been stored or displayed for a length of time
- All clothing donations must be new and gender neutral with tags still in place
- New and gently used books (no older than 1985) must be in good condition (no marks, odors, torn pages, chewed, etc.). We are unable to accept textbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries and used activity books
- To protect the health and safety and maintain confidentiality of patients and families, donors are not permitted to distribute items
- Because Children’s Mercy is non-denominational, we ask all donors to respect the beliefs of our patients by not including religious gifts
- To respect the privacy and current situations of our patients and their families, please refrain from attaching and/or including written messages with your donation
We are always amazed by the generosity and support of this community. We’re certain your gifts will brighten the spirits of those in need!