I'm proud to say that my two year old son Maxwell hosted his annual toy drive to benefit the patients of Children's Hospital Los Angeles a few days before Christmas. Family and friends came out and enjoyed delicious snacks, Hansen's juice boxes and Peace Iced Tea, GoGo Squeez applesauce pouches and homemade sodas created by the SodaStream machine. Guests took home Emergen-C packets to stay healthy over the holiday season.
Maxwell's family and friends were incredibly generous and donated an amazing array of toys, stuffed animals, activity sets, board games and ride along toys for the deserving children in the hospital. The generous team at SodaStream also donated soda makers which are being gifted to some of the nursing stations at the hospital so that doctors, nurses and CHLA families can enjoy their own custom sodas. A special thanks to all of the fabulous brands and generous families who supported Maxwell's 3rd Annual Toy Drive. Maxwell and his proud parents delivered the toys to the hospital on Christmas Eve and were so happy to be able to bring smiles to the beautiful patients.
Any time of year is a wonderful time to support Children's Hospital Los Angeles and the amazing work they do for children in need in our community. If you're looking for an amazing non-profit organization to support in the new year, please consider donating your time, talent and funds to help the patients at CHLA. If you live outside of Los Angeles, visit Children's Miracle Network Hospital's site and you can find the local Children's Hospital in your city.
Aside from spreading joy to the patients at the hospital, the other special thing that happened from Maxwell's toy drive was how contagious the spirit of giving was amongst his toddler aged friends. Many of Maxwell's friends' parents shared how their children told them that Maxwell said his toy drive was about helping to make kids who don't feel well or who have boo-boos smile again and that the toys would make them so happy. Maxwell's friends were excited to pick out special toys for the patients and were overheard telling their family and friends about the toy drive. The message of helping children in need was spreading through tiny toddler aged ambassadors of love. For children ages two to five years old to be able to actively make a difference in the lives of other children is such a beautiful display of kindness and something so special for kids to learn at any early age. Showing children that it is better to give than to receive is a wonderful holiday message.
Wishing you a magical holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year!