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!) 

5th Annual Help the Homeless Project


Five years ago this is where the Tower started, our first Help the Homeless project.  Unfortunately the homeless problem has only become a bigger challenge increasing another 19% this year – impacting over 6,000 men, women and children in the Greater Sacramento Region each day. So, this Thanksgiving we’re planning our biggest outreach ever with the help of our new project partner – Rock Creek Elementary School’s WE Club.

The Help the Homeless Project collects donations, clothes and supplies to deliver on Thanksgiving Day in Downtown Sacramento. We will serve approximately 200+ homeless men and women plus dozens of local youth living in or utilizing homeless shelters in the area.

Donations are used to purchase hygiene kits, shoes, socks, backpacks and warm clothing. On the day of the project, volunteers also bring new and gently used items as well. This year Rock Creek Elementary School will serve as the primary donation location where everything will be sorted, stored and prepared for delivery on Thanksgiving.

And as always, the ‘River Rule‘ applies to all our projects which means 100% of your donations are delivered to the people in need. In addition, your donations are tax deductible (receipt provided) as we are a registered 501 (c)3 non-profit.

How Can You Help?
While volunteers on Thanksgiving will be needed (see below), what we need most are key items to hand out that day. It costs approximately $10 per person for each hygiene kit we build, $15 for shoes/socks, backpacks and other warm clothing items. Every donation helps us help another person in need. You can make a donation or we’ve also setup an Amazon shopping list so you can purchase and ship the items in need!

DONATION PAGE: Click here to make a cash donation

AMAZON SHOPPING LIST: Purchase & ship direct to us

How Can You Volunteer?
Each year we are overwhelmed with the number of amazing people that want to help us. Unfortunately we can only allow a limited number of people on the project day. If you are interested, you can register here as a volunteer.
VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION PAGE

Have Questions?
If you are interested in supporting, sponsoring or have a question we have not covered – please contact us directly.

THANK YOU for your niceness and helping the homeless again this year.

Help the Homeless 2019

$1,560 of $2,500 raised

Your generous donation is applied to these critical items. Here is where your money goes:

Hygiene Kit: toothbrush/ toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, lotion, band-aids, chapstick, hand sanitizer, deodorant, combs

Care Package: 1 Hygiene Kit + 1 Pair Shoes + 1 Pair Socks

Other Items: Backpacks, gloves, blankets

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Halloween Helpers Project – October 2019

We’re excited to announce a new project we’re kicking off called Halloween Helpers!

This project will help us provide Halloween costumes for all of the children at the Mustard Seed School. This amazing school is a free, private organization that provides assistance to children (ages 3-15) of homeless families entering or re-entering the public school system. Your support will help us buy Halloween costumes for the entire school (25 kids) ranging from preschool to 8th grade.

A $20 donation will provide a costume for one child and our goal is to raise $500 to cover the costs for the entire school. We will be delivering the costumes Halloween week in time for their school activities and of course, the big night itself!

>>>>LEARN MORE & DONATE HERE<<<<

As always, 100% of your generous donation will be used for this project. If you are interested in learning more you can watch our video or visit our donation page.  If you have questions about the project, you can contact our project leader Melina Sanchez at melina@towerofniceness.org.

Thank you for your niceness!

The Tower Team

Furry Friends Fundraiser Donates Over $4,000 to Local Animal Shelters

With a combination of funds raised from the Night of Niceness, our General Fund and the 2019 Furry Friends Fundraiser we were able to donate over $4,000 this year to benefit four different organizations!

This project led by Presley is able to support a variety of organizations including Itsie Bitsie Rescue, Foothills K-9 Association, Front Street Animal Shelter, and Friends of Camp Fire Cats.

All of these volunteer led groups are doing amazing work helping animals that have been abandoned, displaced, or retired from duty. Your support will help pay for medical costs and adoption fees for each of these causes. That means dozens or even hundreds of animals will be better off because of YOU!

Thank you for your niceness!

Furry Friends Fundraiser Kickoff

We wanted to update you on our latest project – the Furry Friends Fundraiser. This is our fourth year for this project but with your support this year we are able to add a new organization. We will be helping pay for supplies and adoption fees at two of our favorite shelters: Itsie Bitsie Rescue & Front Street Animal Shelter. And we’re excited to add Foothills K9 Association to our project who provide support for retired police dogs.

All three of these organizations do amazing work throughout the greater Sacramento Region with little funding lots of volunteers.Our fundraiser will provide much needed food, supplies, medicine and also help cover adoption fees and medical costs as well. 

As always, 100% of your generous donation will be used for this project. If you are interested in learning more you can watch our video or visit our donation pageThank you for your niceness!

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

Over 100 Volunteers Participate in the 4th Annual Help the Homeless Project

This year was our largest turnout ever for both volunteers and those that needed our help. We’re learning as we go, but we couldn’t be happier with how things went. Over 100 volunteers jumped in to help from the welcome station to those helping guests to our outreach team bring supplies to those in surrounding areas – they all were amazing.  Special thanks to our coordinators: Ian Tipton, Brandon Miller, Holly Cable, Cyndie French, Cindy Pratt, Paul Stephan and Margaret Campana.

Together with your kind donations, we handed out over 2,300 items including hygiene kits, sleeping bags, backpacks, blankets, shoes, jackets and more. Plus hundreds more clothing items purchased and bought by many of our volunteers. It’s easy to see how great the need is and why we need everyone’s help to bring clothing and supplies.

Our favorite part of the day were the stories of friendships made among volunteers and our guests. Watching so many of our team just spending one on one time with our guests making them feel special and heard. That’s what the day was all about.

Thank you all for supporting this project and helping it become such a success over the years! There’s already discussion of expanding to a 2nd city next year so stay tuned for that. To learn how you can volunteer and support the Tower of Niceness, visit us at https://towerofniceness.org .

2nd Annual Night of Niceness Raises over $15,000

Thank you for supporting the 2nd Annual Night of Niceness!! The event this year was a great success and thanks to your generosity we were able to reach our goal with a total of $15,328 raised from ticket sales, auction/raffle items and online donations.  With nearly 90% of the event costs (outside the silent auction) covered by our event suppliers, this means we will be able to really boost our niceness for those in need this coming year. And in case you missed the event or want to see the pictures, our awesome photographer has been nice enough to post them all here free of charge to download. 

HOW WE PLAN TO HELP

The money raised will be used across all of our Niceness Projects throughout the year in addition to individual project fundraising we will do. We either purchase supplies needed which are directly donated or work closely with organizations to ensure donations are used for specific needs. This helps make sure your money gets to those who need it most.  Here’s a reminder of how your donations are put to work:

  • Help the Homeless  – November
  • Tower Toy Drive – December
  • Furry Friends Fundraiser – April
  • General Project Fund – used for individual niceness projects 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

Without our sponsors there is no possible way we could have an event like this. Every one of our sponsors came to us and offered to help. Please take a moment to connect with them, support them, and show them a little love on social media.

WHAT’S NEXT    

We are really excited about the number of you ready to step up and help. We will be reaching out shortly to begin forming committees for each of our core projects or you can click here to contact us about volunteer opportunities. We also plan to kick off our Help the Homeless project this later this week. We could us help spreading the word or would even love to have you join us Thanksgiving Morning.  

With gratitude,

The Tower Team