Mathaus’ Gifts Puppies, Books and Movies Drive was such a huge success!!
We loaded the car to the bursting point and thanks to Ga’ma was able to get an additional car full of balloons!
Our first stop, once at Dell Children’s, was the Half Pint Library. They looked surprised at the amount of donations and greatly appreciated all the books and movies! They were running low on books so it was perfect timing. Because of you that need was met and many many kids will be able to have great books to read during their time at the hospital.
From there we headed up to 4North where we were welcomed with big hugs and smiles! Just as we got in we meet a little guy with Lighting McQueen shoes and he was pretty curious what we had in the big totes. He lit up over the super hero balloon and took his time to select just the right animal. Quenton thought the McQueen stuffed pillow would be perfect for him and he took it happily. Michelle, the sweetest CA, was a huge help selecting the perfect stuffed animal for each kiddo. Little fighters of all ages were on 4North. There was a precious sleeping baby no more than a couple of months old, several teenagers and an 18 month old sweetie hard at work at PT. We met a young boy that was able to come out and say hi and pick a couple of little animals. He was so friendly and welcomed the company. He was all smiles and pleased at his new arm full of goodies as he went back to his room!
Before we headed to the Children’s Blood and Cancer Center (CBCC) we stopped by to see the palliative care team and left a little bag of adorable soft animals with them to give to families in their care. When we arrived at the clinic we were welcomed was again with open arms! We headed to back where there were several kiddos in the transfusion area. We passed out the rest of the balloons and the kids were able to pick out the perfect stuffed animals for themselves. Thankfully there was plenty left for the kids in the days to come! We also dropped off a big stack of movies, snacks and books! They appreciated it all and gave some good ideas on items we can add in the future!
When we left the house this morning we were excited with anticipation having 93 movies, 129 stuffed animals and 329 books!!! It felt so great to leave Dell Children’s and CBCC empty handed but with a full heart! My hope is that the kids and families know they aren’t alone and that you know your generosity has made a positive impact!! I am so proud and grateful to you, our community!! Thank you so much for participating in this years drive!!! You brighten the days of some very deserved kids and families!!!!
A special thank you to: Pattie and Monty Moke, Heather Stan, Center Stage Dance Center in Leander, Eve Ambrose, Girl Scout Troop 696, Heather Roybal, Mrs. Casares’ and all the first grade classes at Jim Plain and Dana Brown Gayda.