Toy closet overflows with holiday deliveries

The Toy Closet program kicked off with the Annual Walter Camp Foundation Toy Drive at the Yale Football Field in October. Thanks to Barbara Scaramozza and Betty LaBonia for their volunteer efforts that day.

The 2014 toy delivery season went into high gear after Thanksgiving, with single deliveries keeping everybody busy. Libby’s Motorcycle delivery kicked off the season, which did not stop until after New Year’s Day. The largest delivery is a tie between the Trumbull Fire Company and the North Haven Fire Company, both bringing thousands of toys. Trumbull, however, delivered theirs in a horse trailer!

With so many toys to be packed, Volunteer Services and our friend Irma Dadek made sure we had help. Irma came in on her day off and a special volunteer, Elvis Ponjevic, assembled and carted 158 boxes to the storage area. Thanks to Kevin Liston and Gary Corso for all the warehouse deliveries. Billye Bradley coordinated all the deliveries and phone calls and was often out in the parking area greeting donors and gathering information in the cold.

One group of women made an entire wardrobe with accessories for three beautiful dolls, complete with hangers! Their sense of accomplishment was as important as the gift, which will truly delight three little girls.

The last event was a Yale Hockey Game Toy Drive coordinated by Jeremy Malkin at the Hockey Rink in December. This was another opportunity to trade a toy for a ticket. Edie Kufta, a first-time volunteer that evening, did a great job.

We are grateful to all who donated and helped us. We’ve added another pediatric hospital location (Pediatric MRI) to the list so all the toys are needed! After reorganizing and taking inventory of the toys, we will be busy making sure all 34 locations have plenty of toys for our pediatric patients.