We are a children’s non-profit located in the south suburbs of Chicago.
PLEASE SEE OUR TV INTERVIEWS TO SEE LIVE WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO!
Our primary goal is to touch the life of a child through the gift of a toy , book or a day of fun. There is a world of children that need toys,books or a
day of fun with your help we can change that. Toy Box Connection will be the connection between families and businesses who have new or used toys / books to donate - then we will directly
connect those toys/books to the children that need them the most. We also create days of fun every chance we get.
Without financial support we cannot continue to do what we do. Remember we don't sell your toys...donate right now hit the
DONATE BUTTON above or feel free to mail a donation
P.O. Box 1146 Orland Park Il 60462--thank you in advance
PLEASE SEE OUR INTERVIEWS WITH WGN & CBS AND THE DOCUMENTARY AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE TO SEE LIVE WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO!
WE'RE A 100% VOLUNTEER CHARITY NO PAYCHECKS YET OPERATING COSTS RENT-HEAT -ELECTRIC-INSURANCE-WEBSITE-PHONE-SUPPLIES ARE NOT FREE-NO DONATION TOO SMALL OR TOO BIG
A COMPANY/SCHOOL DRESS DOWN DAY OR COMPANY GRANT ARE JUST A COUPLE IDEAS THAT HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL- PLEASE CONSIDER ONE OF THESE AS A WAY TO HELP OR SHARE WITH US A NEW IDEA
With heavy hearts we said goodbye to one of our sweetest volunteers-
Uncle Richard Parker WW2 Vet-
He has been reunited with his wife & family
He will be missed -always smiling-brought so much joy to so many including the children that Toy Box Connection serves-
Each day he came in whistling & smiling not afraid to have fun with us-a perfect picture of him in an army hat!
He has been an example of true service until the end -Thank you Richard we love you-
THANK YOU SANTA AND OUR MILITARY FAMILIES FOR ALL THAT YOU DO GLAD WE COULD HELP!
A SUCCESS-DECEMBER PROJECTS 2015
THANK YOU AUTO MEDICS OF ORLAND PARK AND TOW TRUCKS FOR TOTS FOR YOUR GENEROUS TOY DONATION!
MEGENT FINANACIAL NOW IN ORLAND PARK 92ND AVE
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TOY DRIVE -WHAT AN AMAZING GROUP OF GENEROUS PEOPLE!
THANK YOU CAPRI RESTAURANT OF PALOS FOR YOUR AMAZING TOY DRIVE!
DAISY TROOP 60553 THANK YOU FOR THE TOYS AND CARDS FOR OUR MILITARY FAMILIES
PETSMART OF COUNTRYSIDE-MOKENA-EVERGREEN-CRESTWOOD THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL CHANCE AND LUCKY YEAR!!
WE ARE IN NEED OF A GOOD RUNNING VAN OR HIGH CUBE TRUCK-PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE A VEHICLE TO DONATE-IT WILL ALLOW US TO DO SO MUCH MORE FOR THE CHILDREN.....
HERE ARE SOME ITEMS THE TOY BOX CONNECTION WAREHOUSE NEEDS-
OUR WISH LIST-
Sharpees (big ones) for marking boxes
medium size post its
A SCISSOR LIFT WOULD BE AWESOME!
BATTERIES AA & AAA C & D
A STACK OF $50 BILLS AND OR $100'S
WE WILL START COLLECTING TOYS ALL YEAR TO BRING TO ST JUDES IN SEPT 2016...THERE IS NO BAD TIME TO
DROP OFF TOYS EVEN IF YOU MISS THE CHRISTMAS WINDOW.....OUR DOORS WILL ALWAYS BE OPEN TO WALK THROUGH AND DONATE...NEED HAS NO SEASON SO BRING IN YOURS TOYS
WHEN THE TIME FOR YOU IS RIGHT!
A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATION! WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS THE GRATITUDE WE HAVE FOR FRANK CHRISTENSEN ,HIS WIFE LYNN
-JOHN VALONE,DAN BAUMANN LOCAL #2 AND ALL OUR NEW INTERNATIONAL FRIENDS ACCROSS THE NATION .....YOU ARE ALL ANGELS....YOU HAVE AND CONTIUNE TO HELP TOY BOX CONNECTION LIKE NO
OTHER GROUP HAS. YOU ARE TRULY THERE FOR US IN ALL THINGS,YOU ARE FAMILY TO US AND WE FEEL GOD HAS BLESSED US . FRANK TOLD US HE WOULD ALWAYS HELP US THAT THEY WERE IN IT FOR THE
LONG HAUL WITH US AND HE HAS KEPT HIS PROMISE! THANK YOU FRANK ,THANK YOU OUR ELEVATOR CONSTRUCTOR FAMILY! WHAT AN AMAZING GROUP OF MEN AND FAMILIES....
SUCCESS our 2015 summer projects "Camp I Am Me " Burn camp , "Camp Royalty" Foster camp and "Camp Quality " Cancer camp. ANOTHER SUCESSFUL
We so admire these children and they are so incredible we will continue to provide toys for them as long as they continue to enjoy them!
It is a priledge to be a part of their camps each year!
MOOSEHEART DAY OUT COSMIC BOWLING 2015 A SUCCESS! THANKS TO ALL
HATS OFF TO DURBINS PIZZA-ED & JOES , BEGGARS! THEY ATE ALL THE PIZZA!LLOYD INC FOR THE BULLS SHIRTS-BRION PARRISH & THE FUND ME SUPPORTERS ! HANDS DOWN A PERFECT DAY
ANOTHER CHRISTMAS SUCCESS STORY !
ANONTER AMAZING YEAR SO MANY TOYS AND BOOKS SO MANY CHILDREN REACHED! WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY AND
CONTINUED SUPPORT ...TOGETHER WE MADE A DIFFERENCE ...TOGETHER WE WERE A MOVING FORCE OF GOODNESS IN THIS WORLD..TOGETHER WE BROUGHT HOPE AND JOY TO SO MANY
CHILDREN THAT WOULD NOT HAVE HAD CHRISTMAS WITHOUT US....SO MANY MORE PROJECTS AHEAD REMEMBER WE DO THIS ALL YEAR ROUND...HOLD ON TO YOUR HATS 2015 HERE WE COME!
THANK YOU KLOVE RADIO FOR GRACIOUSLY PARTNERING WITH TOY BOX CONNECTION TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT OUR NEED FOR TOYS-THANK YOU KLOVE!
WHAT AN AWESOME COMMERCIAL RAN THROUGH DEC ON KLOVE CLICK LINK BELOW TO HEAR THE GOOD NEWS!
THE CIVIC OPERA HOUSE HELPING OUT!
THE CIVIC OPERA HOUSE IN DOWNTOWN CHICAGO ONCE AGAIN HIT ONE OUT OF THE PARK!!
ST JUDES SEPT 13TH 2014 AN AMAZING DAY TOYS HAVE BEEN DELIVERED! THANKS IUEC LOCAL #2 -KNIGHTS OF LABOR-ANDREW TRUCKING & OUR COMMUNITY!
2014 PETSMART " CHANCE" CAT & "LUCKY" DOG DONATIONS
THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN PETSMART & THEIR CUSTOMERS YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS ARE ALREADY BEING CONNECTED TO OUR MILITARY
FAMILIES AS PROMISED!! STILL MORE TO PASS OUT THIS IS THE 416TH ENGINEER COMPANY OF DARIEN PICKING UP THEIR GIFTS!
Dekker: Children’s charity helps kids in a big way
Updated: July 6, 2014 2:20AM
When it comes to helping out children in need, Michelle Maxia, director and founder of the Toy Box Connection children’s charity, always thinks big.
Maxia said she’s facing her biggest challenge to date. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis is low on toys. St. Jude specializes in treating childhood leukemia,
brain tumors and sickle cell disease. No child is denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay.
During the late summer and fall, the hospital runs low on toys. That knowledge is all it took to set the wheels in motion for Maxia.
“We can help,” she said. “This is what we do.”
Enter Illinois Elevators Constructors Union Local 2, which is donating a semi truck to the Toy Box Connection, presenting the Orland Park-based charity with the substantial
challenge of filling it with toys and books.
The union will escort the truckload of toys via motorcycle brigade all the way to St. Jude. Along the way, they will be joined by other Elevator Constructors Union members who
have collected toys as well.
Maxia is calling this special project “Christmas in July,” and donations will be collected through Aug. 8. The Toy Box Connection is looking for toys and books that are
appropriate for a child in a hospital such as crafts, Legos, puzzles and dolls.
No sports equipment or outdoor summer toys. For health reasons, the toys must be new. The children range in age from infant to 15.
Toys can be dropped off at any of the four Tinley Park Fire Department stations as well as any of the Orland Fire Protection District stations.
Maxia said trying to collect enough toys and books to fill a semi trailer is a big challenge, but she has faith in the goodness and generosity of people, having seen what can
happen when people come together. She’s also no stranger to big projects — her mission to bring joy to as many children as possible has been infectious.
During its first 18 months, Toy Box Connection was able to distribute more than 350,000 toys to nonprofit organizations that in turn gave them to thousands of sick, homeless,
disabled and underprivileged children.
Among the organizations that receive toys through Toy Box Connection are the Mooseheart orphanage, Together We Cope, Loyola University Hospitals, Ronald McDonald House and many
child advocacy centers and domestic violence shelters.
Toy Box Connection also provides toys and books to soldiers’ families through the Helmets for Hardhats and Operation Homefront organizations.
These toys are not just for Christmas. They are used throughout the year for birthdays, special occasions, incentive programs, hospital visits and counseling situations.
“It takes so little to bring some joy into a child’s life” Maxia said. “I know we can bring some joy to those children in St. Jude. Please help us fill the truck.”
You can learn more about the “Christmas in July” toy drive and Toy Box Connection by visiting www.toyboxconnection.com or calling (708) 691-2715.
MOOSEHEART KIDS DAY OUT MARCH 2014 A VICTORY ONCE AGAIN!!
Dekker: Mooseheart kids enjoy fun-filled day in Tinley Park
By Julie Dekker Citizen Journalistemail@example.com March 29, 2014 12:16AM
Michelle Maxia (center), director of the Toy Box Connection children's charity in Orland Park, having fun with the kids from Mooseheart Child City and School. | Julie
Dekker/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 30, 2014 2:17AM
Treating the residents of Mooseheart Child City and School to a day of fun is more than an act of kindness to Michelle Maxia, founder of the Toy Box Connection children’s
It’s about keeping her word.
A 14-year-old boy who resides at Child City told Maxia that he remembered what she told all the kids at their first outing given by the Toy Box Connection. He said she promised
them that as long as there was a Toy Box Connection, she would make these events happen for them.
That was seven years ago and about the time that Orland Park-based Toy Box Connection opened its doors, determined to brighten the lives of underprivileged children by
providing them with a toy, a book or a fun outing.
The day of fun for the Mooseheart children was among the first projects that Maxia put together.
Aurora-based Mooseheart Child City and School consists of 26 independent homes for orphaned or abandoned children ranging in age from 3 to 18 from all over the United
Affectionately known as the “Toy Lady” to the kids at Mooseheart, Maxia said keeping her promise to them is of the utmost importance to her.
“I want to make sure that they know there are people out there that do what they say they will,” she said. “I hope to set an example for them and let them know there are people
On March 21, 150 Mooseheart children were treated to food, gifts and fun at Centennial Bowl in Tinley Park.
Bryan Miller, Mooseheart’s head of recreation, told me that “just getting off of campus is a big deal, but getting all the kids out together at the same time is huge. Maxia is
amazing for helping us in this way.”
Along with her faithful volunteers, Maxia wanted to thank all of the businesses that stepped up to help make it a great and memorable day for the kids.
Pizza was provided by Ed N Joe’s and Durbin’s, both in downtown Tinley Park, along with Giordano’s and Rosati’s, both in Orland Park. Volunteers from Costco, World’s Finest
Chocolate and many area Kohl’s stores volunteers pitched in as well.
THANK YOU TO ALL THAT ATTENDED OUR 2ND ANNUAL DINNER FUNDRAISER 2015 AT THE ORLAND CHATEAU! WHAT A SUSCCESS -THE MUSIC WAS OUTSTANDING THE
FOOD WAS DELICIOUS THE GIFT BASKETS WERE SPECTACULAR! HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!...
OUR NEXT BUNCO IS FRIDAY MARCH 11TH 2016-A NEW MORE AMAZING- LOCATION SILVER LAKES WATCH FOR MORE DETAILS
THIS WILL BE A SOLD OUT EVENT!
THANK YOU LADIES WHAT A NIGHT!! BUNCO 2015 A SUCCESS!
SAVE THE DATE NEXT YEAR FRIDAY APRIL 1ST NEW VENUE SILVER LAKES COUNTRY
NEW CHANGES-WERE STEPPING IT UP...AS USUAL PLENTY OF FOOD DESSERT AND PRIZES..
WE WILL BE ADDING DOOR PRIZES TO THE NIGHT AND A CASH BAR WILL BE AVAILABLE....
WE LEARN EVERY YEAR HOW TO IMPROVE THE NIGHT ...WOW!! YOU WILL LOVE WHAT WE HAVE PLANNED!
2014=United Methodist Church of New Lenox
JAMUTC (Jesus And Me Under The Cross) Junior High Youth Group
YOU ROCK!! THANK YOU FOR THE TOY DRIVE & THE HELP!
2014 HUGS FOR CHRIS THANK YOU FOR THE BOOK DONATION-
HUNDREDS CAME TO US A SUCCESSFUL DAY!
2014 THANK YOU TO ALL THE GROUPS & FAMILIES THAT TOOK TIME TO DO TOY DRIVES AND DONATE TOYS THIS YEAR YOU ARE INCREDIBLE!
2014 WAS AN ABSOLUTE SUCCESS BECAUSE OF YOUR EFFORTS AND CONTINUED SUPPORT! THERE ARE SIMPLY TOO MANY TO LIST YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE- LIKE ALL OF US HERE AT TOY BOX CONNECTION YOU HAVE HUMBLY
FLOWN UNDER RADAR TO HELP US BRING TOYS TO THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN. TOGETHER WE HAVE CHANGED THE LIVES AND HEARTS OF COUNTLESS CHILDREN.....TOGETHER WE HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE !! WE ARE
PRIVLIDGED AND BLESSED TO CONTINUE TO DO WHAT WE DO..."WHAT YOU DO FOR THE LEAST OF MY CHILDREN YOU DO FOR ME" LOVE JESUS
416 THEATER ENGINEER COMAPNY THANKS FOR AN AMAZING DAY WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES....GOD BLESS YOU FOR ALL
THAT YOU DO WE WERE THRILLED TO BRING YOU SANTA AND GIFTS!!
SANTA ARRIVES 1ST CLASS HOOK AND LADDER STYLE AT THE 1114TH 1115TH 1116th Mobilization Support Battalion CHRISTMAS PARTY!! What
a wonderful day thank you for letting Toy Box Connection share it with you!! Kids left with their arms full! victory!!
A BLESSING TO SO MANY
A SAMPLE OF OUR SUCCESS STORIES INCLUDE BATTERED WOMENS SHELTERS INCLUDING CLARAS HOUSE-THE BLESSED
CHILD-FAMILY ENRICHMENT PROGRAM-CHILDREN WITH BLEEDING DISORDERS -PEDIATRIC HOSPICE-MANY HOMELESS SHELTERS INCLUDING PADS-EASTER SEALS-COUNTLESS SCHOOLS
IS STRUGGLING AREAS-HOSPITALS-MILITARY-SOS-MY JOYFUL HEART OUTREACH-THE PORT-JUST TO NAME A FEW ......TOO MANY TO LIST....WE THANK YOU FOR LETTING US
SERVE YOUR CHILDREN.....
TOY BOX WAREHOUSE NEEDS LOOK AROUND SEE IF YOU HAVE THESE HANGING AROUND WE COULD USE THEM!
TOY BOX CONNECTION PARTNERS with Marquette bank to help Clara's house women's shelter
WE ARE NOW COLLECTING YOUR OLD CELL PHONES DVD MOVIES AS A RECYCLING PROGRAM THAT WILL HELP SUPPORT THE TOY BOX CONNECTION WHEN DROPPING
OFF TOYS GRAB YOUR OLD PHONE- DVD -INK CARTRIDGE- CAMERAS* BRING THEM WITH WE WILL GLADLY TAKE THEM PLEASE LET YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS KNOW IF THEY DONT HAVE
TOYS WE ARE LOOKING FOR THESE ITEMS...
WE NEED KIDS BIKES!!! OUR GOAL IS TO COLLECT 50 KIDS BIKES AGES 4-13 WE HAVE A SCHOOL IN NEED OF THEM-THEY WILL BE GIVEN AS A REWARD
FOR PERFECT ATTENDANCE!! GREAT IDEA AND WE WANT TO HELP!
Read the latest at Toy Box Connection in this Southtown Star article!!
-THANK YOU ORLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR PICKING UP/ DELIVERING OUR DONATION OF TOYS TO CAMP "I AM ME" A BURN CAMP FOR CHILDREN AGES 5-16
IN MOUNT PROSPECT...WE HAD TOYS TO GIVE BUT NO WAY OF GETTING THEM THERE.....OUR MEN IN UNIFORM STEPPED UP TO MAKE THE DELIVERY!! TOGETHER WE HAVE MADE A
THANK YOU TO HALF PRICE BOOKS IN ORLAND PARK FOR THEIR MONTHLY DONATIONS OF BOOKS! THOUSANDS OF KIDS NOW HAVE BOOKS IN THEIR
AGAIN WE WERE BLESSED TO GIVE OUR AMAZING KIDS FROM MOOSEHEART A DAY OF FUN HERE . THE ROAR OF LAUGHTER TOOK OVER THE PLACE AND
IT DIDNT STOP FROM THE TIME THEY CAME TO THE TIME THEY LEFT!!! WE DID CRAFTS,TYE DYE SHIRTS ,ROLLER SKATED, PLAYED BASKETBALL,FOOTBALL, SOCCER, WE ATE PIZZA THANKS TO BEGGARS,CHESDANS,ROSATI, PAPA JOHNS,ANTHHONYS,FOXES,GIORDANOS, , WE ATE PASTRIES THANKS TO COSTCO, AND COTTON CANDY THANKS TO
PATTY D'S COTTON CANDY!! THEY LEFT WITH INCREDIBLE PRIZES TOPPING THEM WERE BEAUTIFUL GIFT BAGS FROM THE EMPLOYEE FORCE AT BATH AND BODY WORKS OF ORLAND SQ MALL! WE HAD BOOKS, GAMES, ACTIVITY SETS THEIR ARMS WERE FILLED AS THEY LEFT FOR MOOSEHEART!
WE SIMPY COULD NOT HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT OUR KOHLS ACTION TEAM VOLUNTEER FORCE-
WHAT GRATEFUL CHILDREN, ALL OF THEM EXPRESSED A BIG THANK YOU WITH A SMILE !! WE LOOK FORWARD TO OUR NEXT ADVENTURE WITH THESE AMAING CHILDREN! ALL THAT WE DO WITH TOY
BOX CONNECTION WE ALL AGREE THIS EVENT IS THE ICING ON THE CAKE FOR US !
CHRISTMAS RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE PROJECT -WE DID IT INCREDIBLE DAY! COPY LINK BELOW TO SEE SOUTHTOWN ARICLE AND MORE PICTURES!
We would also like to thank all the generous donations from GROUPON that helped make this day possible!
PART OF THE KLOVE RADIO CREW HELPING US WRAP THE TOYS FOR THE ENTIRE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE!
THE TOYS WE BROUGHT! 1/2 OF THE ROOM SHOWN OTHER SIDE FULL TOO!
Boy Scout’s Toy Drive fills semi-truck at Safety Town
Thanks to family, friends, neighbors, residents and members of the Naperville Junior Woman’s Club, Tim Corbett, a local Boy Scout in Troop 107, achieved his goal to “fill a semi” with new and
gently-used toys for less fortunate girls and boys. His Toy Drive, a project that will help him earn his Eagle Scout award, was held Sat., June 23, at Safety Town under sunny skies.
Though he lost count, young Corbett estimated nearly 150 generous people either dropped off toys recently at his house or on Saturday at Safety Town during the 5-hour Toy Drive to benefit the Toy
For the project, Corbett had to choose and manage a project that benefits the local community. He partnered with Toy Box Connection and Safety Town to complete the project.
Growing up, Corbett always wanted to find the cool toys he outgrew a new home. He discovered Toy Box Connection through a newspaper article several years back and began donating the toys he
outgrew. Toy Box Connection supports underprivileged kids with new and gently used toys, games and books.
“I am doing this because I love helping children,” said Corbett earlier, now grateful for the outpouring of support he’d received.
At 2PM, Corbett, his friends and family were closing up the collection site, basking in the day’s success and time for a few photos.
The largest item was a backyard playhouse. Other donations included bicycles, big wheels, books, board games and a whole bunch of brand new toys from a toy store that had been slightly scratched
“Everything Tim needed for the day was donated,” said Bill Corbett, pleased that his son’s idea had been so well received by the community. The semi-truck came from 3MD Re-location Services,
Safety Town provided its parking lot for drop off event and 3MD bought lunch, he added.
For more information about Toy Box Connection, visit www.toyboxconnection
CONGRATULATIONS THANK YOU TIM CORBETT & FAMILY WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR YOUR GENEROSITY
" WERE HERE FOR YOU" PROJECT WAS VICTORIOUS AS WE ASSISTED THE TORNADO VICTIMS IN ILLINOIS & INDIANA!
A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO MEGAN McNELLIS, TODD & ADM FOR THEIR GENEROUS DONATION
Toy Box Connection Featured on WGN TV's Around Town Segment
Toy Box Connection Featured on CBS2 News Chicago
Documentary On Toy Box Connection
CONTACT US 708-691-2715 WITH ANY QUESTIONS WE ARE LOCATED AT 159TH LAGRANGE RD BEHIND THE STRIP MALL LOOK FOR SIGNS