Delivering More Than $16k of Joy From Our Annual Charity Drive

Delivering More Than $16k of Joy From Our Annual Charity Drive

Over the past couple of months, I’ve watched as several local friends have shared medical updates on Facebook. I’m old so it isn’t uncommon to hear about knee surgeries, back problems and insert-ailment-here. But these have stood out because too often they’ve been talking about their children and grandchildren. It’s heartbreaking to hear about the extended hospital stays for testing, surgeries or premature births. Locally, one thing has been consistent across all these updates – the service and staff at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital has been amazing. One friend commented that a highlight for her son was being able to watch the football game from the special suite on the top floor of the hospital. Having been in the stadium for the very first Hawkeye Wave, I know what a powerful visual it is. I can only imagine how amazing that was for her son to participate from his seat inside the hospital.

We delivered over $15,000 worth of toys, games and other items to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital during our holiday charity drive. - SahmReviews.com

It’s been several years that we’ve been collecting toys and games from our various industry contacts in an effort to bring holiday joy to some of the kids and families at the children’s hospital in nearby Iowa City. What started as a small project has expanded to thousands of dollars in donations with more excitement and participation increasing each year! 

We delivered over $15,000 worth of toys, games and other items to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital during our holiday charity drive. - SahmReviews.com

This year was no different. We spent a few months working hard on holiday gift guides while simultaneously accumulating the items for our holiday delivery. Once again, we removed the seats from our van and filled it to the rim then enlisted the assistance of a friend with a large SUV to help us deliver the rest of the load. 

We delivered over $15,000 worth of toys, games and other items to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital during our holiday charity drive. - SahmReviews.com

Last year when we delivered so much, they told us that most of their donations come in around the holidays. I get it. We do the same thing. Maybe it’s because this time of the year is the easiest to encourage people to give. Perhaps it’s because end of year is when companies are looking at adjusting their inventory levels anyhow. Whatever the reason, we are blessed with the generosity of the brands we work with.

We delivered over $15,000 worth of toys, games and other items to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital during our holiday charity drive. - SahmReviews.com

This year, they confided that the items we donate get them through to next year and that they’re very appreciative of that. We know there are a multitude of other worthy charities where we could gift these items and perhaps we may look at expanding our efforts in the future. 

We delivered over $15,000 worth of toys, games and other items to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital during our holiday charity drive. - SahmReviews.com

But for now, we will continue to try to make the days a little brighter for children and their families who are faced daily with medical concerns. We’re thrilled to know we’re making a difference and are delighted to hear that the hospital asked for our feedback in which items we think belong on their wish list. Taking a cue from our gift guides, we’ll be working with the staff to keep it updated with the latest toys and games. If you would like to join us from afar, I encourage you to check out the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital wish list on Amazon!

What charities do you think we should research for future philanthropic efforts?

Nicole

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33 comments on «Delivering More Than $16k of Joy From Our Annual Charity Drive»

  1. Paul B says:

    I always support the SPCA. Animals need help too!

  2. Matt H says:

    The charity I support is my local church.

  3. Gun Coaty says:

    i like to support first baptist church

  4. Todd Suesz says:

    This is a great cause and blog. I am a big fan of Children’s Hospital here in Seattle as the doctors and staff there are responsible for my nephew/son, Joshua, surviving and having a normal life now at age 35! Made many trips to Children’s when he was a child for surgeries on his head. He just had his first child a couple of months ago. So this is where my contributions go when I am able to do so.

  5. Jessica Peeling says:

    My favorite organization to support during the holidays is NAMI!

  6. Jessica Peeling says:

    My favorite organization to support during the holidays is NAMI. This post is very sweet – I take care of the inpatient psychiatric children and adolescents so this is near and dear to me

  7. Sue E says:

    Even though I have Multiple Myeloma, I don’t give to this cause like I should. I give to St Jude’s and Luries Children Hospital all the time! No child should have to deal with cancer or other horrible diseases!!

  8. Michael Shea says:

    I lost my Mom to cancer so we mostly do cancer charities.

  9. Michael Christofield says:

    I do local stuff – coats, clothing, etc., toys for tots, local schools…

  10. Edward Gavette says:

    St Jude’s Children’s Hospital

  11. Winston Forrest says:

    Planned Parenthood helps more women receive medical care than any other organization in the world. And the American Cancer Society.

  12. Cyn Covert says:

    Our family supports The Diaper Bank; providing daipers to low income families!

  13. Benjamin K. says:

    I have a soft spot for children’s hospitals, especially during the holidays. While there are many worthy charities, helping kids have a delightful Christmas is, to me, one of thee happiest. 🙂

  14. Myq LaSala says:

    Toys for Tots

  15. Erica Rozzero says:

    I like to support the Heffer Foundation.

  16. Dane Trimble says:

    You guys rock! I like to support the Boys and Girls Club along with American Cancer Society.

  17. Lisa says:

    I support Plan Canada’s “Because I’m a Girl” charity to help girls get an education in 3rd world countries.

  18. Max Moody says:

    I like world vision!

  19. David B says:

    End Poverty, a micro loan and business advice charity helping others help themselves.

  20. Rod Beriault says:

    Love to support CHEO (local kids hospital) during holidays!

  21. SwingCorey says:

    I like to support Church Militant, the JMJ Pregnancy Center, and others that reaffirm life this time of year.

  22. Ryan McLean says:

    This is so awesome! We donate stuff, cloats and toys…and blood this year. Does blood count as charity? 🙂

  23. EMMA L HORTON says:

    ST JUDE’S IS MY FAVORITE CHARITY TO SUPPORT.

  24. EMMA L HORTON says:

    ST JUDE’S IS MY FAVORITE CHARITY TO SUPPORT. ONCE AGAIN, THIS IS COMING BACK AS SPAM. IT IS NOT SPAM.

  25. Kelly VanAuken says:

    I support my local food bank and Christmas charities.

  26. Tim French says:

    I support my church and big brothers

  27. gala says:

    We support our church and St. Vincent de Paul’s society

  28. Ryan robinson says:

    Faithful friends

  29. James says:

    Operation Christmas Child

  30. Jamie Martin says:

    SMYRC!

  31. kathy pease says:

    I usually give to the salvation army

  32. Judy Rittenhouse says:

    Definitely St. Judes Hospital founded by Danny Thomas!

  33. Lily Kwan says:

    It’s awesome how involved you are with charitable causes. I think you should research animal welfare organizations.

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