Tower Toy Drive Delivers Over 1,200 Toys!

This is certainly a special time of year, but something really special happened with the Tower Toy Drive this year. Our family started this over 10 years ago with a single small bag of toys to the Child Life program at a local hospital that was so amazing during a very scary time for our family. Never in our wildest dreams did we see it growing to what it did this year:

  • 1,200+ toys delivered
  • $2,500 in shopping ($1,250 in new donations)
  • 20 donors
  • 10 volunteers
  • 7 deliveries
  • 3 Hospitals
  • 2 Homeless Shelters
  • 2 project partners
  • 1 storage unit

If you or any of your children have even been in the hospital, you know the impact the Child Life program can make. And if you have ever volunteered to help the homeless, you can imagine what a difference a few toys can make for a family in need during Christmas.

With your help, we did all of that and a lot more! This year not only did we nearly double the amount of toys we delivered, but we also were able to include more locations. Here are the deliveries we made:

Sutter Children’s Hospital – our first hospital with one of the largest best Child Life programs you will find. Toys also used year-round for birthdays and their Child Life playroom. It Takes Guts (another organization we partner with) brings a team to wrap presents. We ended up with 2 large deliveries here!

UC Davis Children’s Hospital – one of the largest children’s hospitals in Northern California with over 115 beds. Toys provided for Christmas morning and year-round services

Kaiser Pediatric Center – Our newest hospital we were able to expand to with smaller program within a large hospital. Toys provided for patients on Christmas.

Acres of Hope – homeless shelter for women and children in Placer County. Toys provided for families to give on Christmas morning.

Wind Youth Services – homeless shelter for children and drop-in services for homeless teens. Toys provided for Christmas at shelter and supplies/gift cards provided for teens

 

In addition to $2,500 in donations we used ($1,250 from this project alone), we also received wonderful support from our project partners. With their additional donations we were able to double our delivery totals this year (and needed a storage unit to hold it all)!

Toys for Tots Placer County
JL Sullivan Roseville Toyota

There were a lot of people that made this happen behind the scenes during a busy holiday season. We would like to thank this awesome team of volunteers:

Project Leader – Tanis Liomin
Volunteer Coordinator – Cindy Pratt 
Toy Deliveries – Diana & Paul Stephan, Holly Cable, Melina Sanchez, Ian & Kim Tipton 
Project Partners – Jennie Stroup, Lisa Airola

And of course, none of this is possible without Niceness Nation! Whether you made a donation, shipped us a toy, shared the project on social media or told a friend – THANK YOU. We hope you will take a moment to look at our donors wall to see all the amazing supporters that helped make this happen.

This year was a testament to what the power of our team can do. I hope you take a moment to think about the difference you made (and are making). Whether they are waking up in a hospital bed or homeless shelter, they know someone took the time to do something for them. Someone they will never meet put a smile on their face. We hope that makes you smile too.

Thank you for your niceness and Happy Holidays!

(PS – and look out, because we have even bigger plans for 2020!) 

2019 Help the Homeless Project Helps More than Ever

What a day.

Early on a cold, rainy Thanksgiving morning, 100+ amazing volunteers showed up to hand out a truckload of 200 hygiene kits, 50 sleeping bags, 50 backpacks, 60 beanies, 30 pairs of new shoes and dozens of jackets, blankets and sweatshirts from your donations (that came from 100 more!). Add to that literally hundreds more items brought by the volunteers along with a warm breakfast that was served.

[2019 Help the Homeless Project Photo Gallery]

Whether you donated money or clothing, helped shop or spread the word, or showed up to help – you made a difference. Because of you over 150+ people will have dry, warm clothes, sleeping bags, new shoes and hygiene supplies to help them for the coming winter.

Here’s a quick thank you video from our founders, River & Ryder. 

Our ability to help more people was due in large part to our partnership with the Rock Creek Elementary School WE Club. With the help of 70 students, their parents and staff they collected enough supplies to build all 200 of our hygiene kits. This allowed us to allocate all of our fundraising to purchasing new clothing to hand out. You can check out the Good Day Sacramento segments below.

Speaking of Good Day Sacramento, we’d like to thank them for once again covering our project. For the 5th year in a row they have come out to share the story with their viewers to help promote niceness and shed light on the homeless challenges so many in our community face. 

THANK YOU NICENESS NATION!

To everyone that supported this project, big or small, we just want to say Thank you. Thank you for caring, for contributing and making time on your Thanksgiving morning to help provide niceness for those in need. We are humbled and inspired by your support.