FRANKLIN, Tenn.—The holiday season is a time for giving and, on December 19, several of our neighbors gave back to us! It was the annual Donation Day for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center. That’s where we devote an entire day for groups, companies, and individuals to drop by and drop off toys and goodies for our little patients.
While we do just one large Donation Day a year, the children’s hospital is always accepting love from our neighbors! If you want to help our young patients, take a look at our Wish List as it contains the items we allow for donation.
Child Life Specialist Stephanie Hegel (left) poses with Leah Wynne, of Franklin. Wynne dropped off cards handmade by her family and friends, as well as toys. Joining her is 1-year old Hannah and 4-year old Kristen.
Events like this are only possible thanks to work of the Williamson Medical Center Foundation—the fundraising arm of the hospital. They work with charities, organizations, and more, to help better our community; from scholarships for local students to purchasing necessary medical equipment. Please visit their website to see more about their mission and how you can help them.
Donation Day 2017 started off with one of Williamson Medical Center’s own: our Materials Management team. During December, the team had asked their fellow employees to donate toys for the children’s hospital. The WMC family responded, and Materials Management was proud to provide dozens of items!
Members of WMC’s Materials Management team stand over a portion of their donations.
Our Lab Department also joined in, donating more toys for children’s hospital patients!
Hegel stands with members of the Lab Department and their donations.
Cushman & Wakefield Nashville also got into the spirit. They held a large donation drive with both their staff and the tenants of the properties they manage. Altogether, they brought several large boxes of toys, coloring books, crayons, markers, and more!
The folks from Cushman & Wakefield certainly brought the holiday spirit with them!
Also getting in on the act was Toyota of Cool Springs. Going the extra mile (pun intended), the dealership dropped off dozens and dozens of red bags; each one containing a toy!
Kris Krabill, of Toyota of Cool Springs, and Hegel stand among a sea of red bags from the dealership.
Our friends with Williamson County Parks and Recreation also dropped by. Jaylin and Kaelyn, from their Rhythm and Spirit Cheer and Dance Team, dropped off more toys, art supplies, and toiletries. The girls helped rally their class in collecting nearly 300 donations!
Kaelyn (left) and Jaylin (right) stand with all 285 of their donations.
Cushman & Wakefield, CoolSprings Toyota, and the Rhythm and Spirt Cheer and Dance Team are all repeat donors to the children’s hospital.
For the third year in a row, PetSmart came by to drop off several large bags of brand new stuffed animals! What’s more, the bags dropped off today were only a portion of PetSmart’s donation! Over the past several weeks, they have dropped even more stuff animals for our young patients!
Just a few of the many, many, many stuffed animals donated to us by PetSmart.
We also had two families show up to spread the love. The Wynne family, of Franklin, dropped off toys and handmade holiday cards! Mom, Leah Wynne, said her kids, 4-year-old Kristen and older brother Tanner, worked on the cards with their friends and neighbors. They did this last year, as well. Leah brought her 1-year old daughter Hannah along, as well, and we have a sneaking suspicion that she will be joining her siblings for next year’s Donation Day!
Handmade cards from the Wynne family.
Closing out the day was the Martelle family, of Brentwood. Amelia, and her sister Rachel, recently held a Christmas party where the goal was to collect donations for the children’s hospital! Amelia dropped by with mother Michelle to donate toys, essentials, and art supplies.
Amelia Martelle stands with the donations she and her sister Rachel helped collect.
Thank you all who took time out of their busy days to help the kids!Share this Article