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MOOSEHEART KIDS DAY OUT MARCH 2014 A VICTORY ONCE AGAIN!!

Dekker: Mooseheart kids enjoy fun-filled day in Tinley Park

 
 
     
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Michelle Maxi(center) director Toy Box Connectichildren's charity OrlPark having fun with kids from Mooseheart Child City School. | Julie

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 charity.

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 States.

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 who care.”

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.

http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/tinleypark/26415975-521/dekker-mooseheart-kids-enjoy-fun-filled-day-in-tinley-park.html

BOWLING OUTING 2014 WOW WHAT AN INCREDIBLE  DAY!! AGAIN WE WERE BLESSED TO GIVE OUR AMAZING KIDS  FROM MOOSEHEART A DAY OF FUN HERE MARCH 2014. THE ROAR OF LAUGHTER TOOK OVER THE PLACE AND IT DIDNT STOP FROM THE TIME THEY CAME TO THE TIME THEY LEFT!!! WE BOWLED -ATE PIZZA FROM DURBINS-  ED & JOES - GIORDANOS ORLAND - ROSATIS OF  ORLAND-COOKIES MARY  GLADKOWSKI  COOKIE CREATOR  AND A HEART SHAPED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE FROM   MRS  FIELDS OF ORLAND PARK- & COSTCO PASTRIES  !! THEY LEFT WITH INCREDIBLE  PRIZES TOPPING THEM WERE  BEAUTIFUL GIFT BAGS FILLED  WITH CANDY WORLDS FINEST ADDED TO  THE  BAGS & MORE  PRIZES  ! 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 !

 

THIS  DAY  COULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE AMAZING VOLUNTEERS  I  CALL "TEAM TOY  BOX"-THEIR  HEARTS, TIME AND  TALENT HAVE ALLOWED THIS  INCREDIBLE  DAY TO BE A SUCCESS.....THEIR COMMITMENT IS JUST NOT AT THESE EVENTS  BUT WITH TOY BOX CONNECTION WEEK AFTER WEEK....THEY ARE THE  HEART AND SOUL OF  TOY BOX CONNECTION AND I  LOVE AND APPRECIATE THEM ALL...

Hugs4Chris is a fan-run Twitter account dedicated to supporting the work of actor/author Chris Colfer, aka Kurt Hummel on Fox's hit TV show Glee. Primarily, we have been focused on donating Chris Colfer's "The Land of Stories" books to children in need since November 2012.
Currently on our fourth book drive, we are continuing to provide these books to the kids who need them and we are thrilled to be able to work with Toy Box Connection in doing so! All donations to Hugs4Chris will be used to purchase copies of the two current books in "The Land of Stories" series. The books will be donated to Toy Box Connection and Michelle will arrange for the books to be distributed to low income schools before the end of the school year. Our goal is to donate 200 books to TBC by May!
To donate, please visit https://rally.org/hugs4chris and click the 'contribute' button. Give a gift of magic, of imagination, of literacy, of love. Help a needy child escape into "The Land of Stories", by Chris Colfer. Donations accepted through May 1, 2014. 

WERE GEARING UP FOR OUR 3 SUMMER CAMPS TOYS ARE NEEDED ALL YEAR LONG!

CAMP #1   "CAMP I AM ME" BURN CAMP

 

CAMP#2     "CAMP HEBZIBAH" SIBLING  FOSTER CAMP- SIBLINGS  GET A CHANCE TO SEE  EACH  OTHER    AND  SPEND  2 WEEKS REUNITING AT  SUMMER  CAMP

 

CAMP #3     "CAMP QUALITY"  A CANCER CAMP

 

WE NEED NEW  TOYS, SPORTS  EQUIPMENT , SUMMER ACTIVITIES  FOR THESE  CAMPS

 

THERE ARE A TOTAL  OF ABOUT  500 KIDS IN ALL THREE CAMPS...LET  GIVE THEM A BONUS  TO  THEIR SUMMER BREAK...TOYS  TOYS  TOYS!!!

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!

2013 THANK YOU TO ALL THE GROUPS & FAMILIES THAT TOOK TIME TO DO TOY DRIVES AND DONATE TOYS THIS YEAR YOU ARE INCREDIBLE!

2013 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

DECEMBER 2013-THANK YOU  FOR  HELPING US HELP OUR  MILITARY  FAMILIES......LET US CONTINUE TO  KEEP THEM IN OUR PRAYERS

DECEMBER 2013 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!!

DECEMBER  2013 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!!

2013 A BLESSING TO SO MANY

2013 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!

HERE ARE SOME ITEMS THE TOY BOX CONNECTION WAREHOUSE NEEDS-  

OUR WISH LIST-

 

Sharpees (big ones) for marking boxes
 medium size post its

printing paper

LAPTOP COMPUTER

INDUSTRIAL  SHELVING

PALLET JACK

 A SCISSOR LIFT WOULD BE AWESOME!

PAPER TOWELS

BATTERIES AA & AAA

COPY PAPER

A STACK OF $50 BILLS AND OR  $100'S


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!!

JUNE 2013-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 DIFFERENCE!!

WOW HUGE THANK YOU TO LOCAL 2 ELEVEVATOR UNION FOR THEIR INCREDIBLE DONATION!!NO ONE HAS BLESSED US MORE THAN THIS GROUP!

WORDS CANNOT  EXPRESS THE  GRATITUDE WE HAVE  FOR FRANK  CHRISTENSEN ,HIS FAMILY ALL  THE FRIENDS  THAT SURROUND HIM...... ESPECIALLY  JOHN VALONE. AND ALL THE ELEVATOR GUYS....THEY HAVE  AND CONTIUNE TO HELP  TOY BOX CONNECTION LIKE NO OTHER GROUP HAS. THEY ARE TRULY FAMILY TO US AND WE  FEEL  GOD HAS BLESSED US WITH SOME AMAZING PEOPLE.

THANK YOU TO  HALF PRICE BOOKS IN ORLAND PARK  FOR THEIR MONTHLY DONATIONS OF BOOKS! THOUSANDS OF KIDS  NOW HAVE BOOKS IN THEIR HANDS!!

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE LADIES THAT CAME OUT FOR  OUR 4TH ANNUAL  BUNCO  2013 TALK ABOUT AN INCREDIBLE NIGHT...AS  PROMISED FOOD,FELLOWSHIP, AND LAUGHTER! A SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL THE RESTAURANS THAT BLESSSED US  WITH  THE  FOOD, GRANITE CITY,PF CHANGS, HOG WILD,94 WEST ,HOOTERS,CHIPOLTLE,LONGHORN,BUCCA DE BEPPO,PAPA JOES,GIORDANOS  ORLAND,HEINE MCCARTHYS,MIMIS CAFE , ROCK BOTTOM,PALERMOS  95TH,JIMMY JOHNS , SARKU ORLAND,STARBUCKS 1432D LAGRANGE RD,CINNIBON ORLAND SQUARE MALL-WATER/PRIVATE BANK -LETS NOT FORGET  TRADER JOES WINE SAMPLES..A SPECIAL THANKS TO  OUR KOHLS   A  TEAM  VOLUNTEERS  - .....RHONDA OUR BASKET GURU.......

 MY STAFF FOR  WITHOUT THEM THIS NIGHT WOULD NOT HAVE  HAPPENED!

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THAT SUPPORTED OUR  GOLF OUTING! SPECIAL THANKS  TO  GOLF GALAXY,CHIC FILA, RHONDA ,ROBIN , MOM TOO GIFT BASKETS EXTROIDINAR! LETS NOT  FORGET KOHLS OF ORLAND  ,CRETE, TINLEY PARK OF COURSE!! WHAT A FABULOUS  DAY WE HAD! THE WEATHER WAS  PERFECT AS  WAS THE GOLF,FOOD,LAUGHTER,PRIZES!! WE WERE ALL OUT OF THERE BY 5 O'CLOCK! WOW! WHAT A WELL OILED MACHINE THAT  MARQUETTE BANK WAS! WE LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR  SAME  DATE SAME TIME SAME PLACE....IF ITS NOT BROKE DON'T FIX IT!

  HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO HAVE HAD YOUR SUPPORT ...HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR  SAME TIME SAME PLACE EVEN  BETTER WE PROMISE!! THE DAY COULD NEVER HAVE  HAPPENED WITHOUT  MARQUETTE BANK AND THEIR AMAZING ANGELS ESPECIALLY  JOYCE &  CHRISTIE!! LADIES YOU ARE INCREDIBLE WE LOVE YOU SO!!!

TOY BOX CONNECTION PARTNERS with Marquette bank to help Clara's house women's shelter

OUR FOSTER CAMP 2013 SUMMER PROJECT WAS A HUGE SUCESS THE KIDS WENT  BACK TO  THEIR HOMES ARMS FILLED.....WE MADE A DIFFERENCE IF BUT JUST FOR A MOMENT...THANK YOU  TO ALL WHO  DONATED TO THIS PROJECT..

CAMP QUALITY 2013  CANCER CAMP WAS A HUGE SUCCESS WE  WERE BLESSED TO  PROVIDE ALL THE  TOYS FOR THAT WEEK...WE  LOVE  YOU  GUYS!!

OUTING 2013 WOW WHAT AN INCREDIBLE  DAY!! AGAIN WE WERE BLESSED TO GIVE OUR AMAZING KIDS  FROM MOOSEHEART A DAY OF FUN HERE MARCH 2013. 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!

THANK YOU GREEN GODDESS IN  DOWNTOWN HINSDALE  LOCATED ON 52 S. WASHINGTON ST WHAT AN  INCREDIBLE EVENING YOU  PROVIDED THANK YOU TO  ALL WHO CAME AND SUPPORTED THE EVENING GOD BLESS YOU

 

 

 

 

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 Box Connection.

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 or dented.

“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

Special Announcements

GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO...

 

DR PRINCE, ORTHODONTIST and INVISALIGN OF ORLAND PARK

FOR SUPPORTING TOY BOX CONNECTION

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