Two siblings from Ohio have teamed up to gather toy donations for children getting treatment at a Columbus hospital.
Since they started, they brought in thousands of toys that helped kids smile, and this year they hope to gather even more and make the holidays special for every kid battling a health condition.
What are the details?
Tyler and Monica Slaven have taken on an essential Christmas mission. They want to help children in the hospital feel positive and let them know Santa hasn’t forgotten about them.
So, they’re working hard to encourage toy donations, and so far, they have brought 50,000 toys to kids at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, according to Sunnyskyz.
“They’re not in there typically for a routine they visit. That’s the sad thing. I mean, they have either been there for a while, or they’re in pretty bad shape. Those are the kids that need to be brightened up the most. They’re not going to be in there for a day then get to go home, most likely,” Tyler said for Local12.
And, since Christmas is the most amazing time of year, toys are a great way to bring back smiles and happiness. That’s how their initiative started.
“Why not do a toy drive for kids that are kind of ... down and not able to get around and poor health conditions, especially around Christmas? So that was when the idea was born,” Tyler shared with the outlet.
Tyler and Monica are currently studying online at the Ohio Virtual Academy. They got in touch with their school board, and the members agreed to help them with their donation project, so their efforts could reach everyone in the state.
They hope to go above the 50,000 mark for special toys donated for kids who need them the most this year.
“It takes a lot of people behind the scenes to help make this work. I’m just thankful that we’re in good health, that we’re able to do and help organize and lead it and use the skills that God gave us and being able to expand and promote it to these kids, especially around the holidays,” Tyler concluded.