Christmas will be here before we know it and one local nonprofit has been able to get a head start on spreading holiday cheer to kids who need it the most.
And Haleigh Dibetta tells us how you can get involved.
Donation bins have popped up everywhere for Cuddles For Kids annual holiday toy drive including here at the Morning Grind.
The toy drive has changed a little because of COVID-19 but the mission is the same.
Cuddles For Kids has brought holiday to cheer to local children for the last 14 years. The nonprofit donates toys to children’s hospitals and agencies.
Their annual holiday toy drive continues this year a little differently with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re kind of staying away from our normal donations which are stuffed animals and plushes just because some of the local places agencies and hospitals are really limiting what’s coming in to the children there. ”
Donation bins are still scattered throughout the community at local businesses to collect toys that can be gifted safely
Anything that has any type of cover or any type of seal is a safe one. Many other toys we’re pretty okay with as long as they’re new, that has always been our big thing if they’re a new toy. Stuffed animals are okay in an aspect if they can come sealed, any type of books, anything that can really come in a box. ”
Cuddles for kids founder Connor Hagins says there’s also a new way to help them make kids smile this holiday season
“We offered some businesses almost like a stuffed animal card and what you can do is you can make any donation $1 $5 $10 whatever you’re willing to donate and the local business will put your name on the card and put the card up ”
Despite all the changes this year, Hagins says he knows the community will come together
“Every year it’s different but we look forward to being able to create smiles each year. ”
The toy drive runs until December 20th you can find a full list of donation drop-off sites on the Cuddles For Kids website