How Toy Box Connection Works
Accepting New & Used Toy/Book Donations
Connecting Them To Children In Need
We are a children’s non-profit organization located here in the south suburbs.
WE ARE A NON PROFIT THAT HELP ALL OTHER NON PROFITS
Our Mission Statement: There is a world of children that need toys/books. With your help we can change that. “TBC” 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. Our organization is the missing link in communities. We hope “TBC” will become the vessel that creates unity within our community. Our primary goal is to touch the life of a child through the gift of a toy/book.
PLEASE NOTE WE DO NOT DEAL DIRECTLY WITH THE PUBLIC OR FAMILIES WE ASK YOU TO CONTACT YOUR LOCAL NON PROFIT AGENCY IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF
How do we do this?
‘TBC” accomplishes this by accepting new and gently used donated toys; we sort them locally at our warehouse. We then redistribute the toys to other non-profits who place those toys directly into the hands of the children who need them.
Toy Box Connection has initiated community participation at many levels . Our efforts have afforded community service to schools, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, Lions Club and other organizations that need to obtain service hours. We now have disabled students from Park Lawn and Elim participating on a regular basis sorting toys. We have a list of volunteers that include retired men and women in the community already a part of all that we do.
In order to operate we will need funding, thus, we continue to seek financial contributions through donations, grants and fundraising events. These events have included many family orientated activities for more community participation. Our website offers sponsors an opportunity for exposure as we thank them on the front page of the website. Anyone wishing to donate toys will be directed to the website, www.toyboxconnection.com for scheduling and contact information. The website will be an asset to all involved.
Our organization has already accomplished many other projects for children including a “Children of Soldiers Project”. We have placed toys in the hands of thousands of soldiers children while they are serving us across seas. What better way to bring joy to our soldiers than to bring happiness to their children.
Additionally ‘TBC” has engaged a Children’s Literacy Project to hopefully help improve the low literacy scores in our schools. We have assisted a countless schools with family reading nights. We have given students a book to read and an incentive toy for doing so , they were also given the book to keep as well . Get a child to read a book- perhaps improve their reading scores! Make reading fun!
We have also created some amazing events for children. Our latest event was the entire Mooseheart Orphanage (200 kids) out for a day of fun. We took them to an indoor sportsplex where they played dodgeball, soccer,basketball, other games. We had clowns , magicians and huge jumpies! We feed them treats (cotton candy) & pizza and best of all we had tons of toys awaiting them at the end of the day, what a surprise, the roar of their joy was deafening. We gave them a day they will never forget. You can take away alot from a child but you cannot take away an experience! We will continue to seek out events that bring joy to children. We have committed to take them out every year now-we intend on keeping our promise!
One day we hope to get enough funding to engage our Athletes Work Program. This program will offer high school athletes with good grades to work flexible hours at the warehouse according to their practice and play schedule. Whether they can work four or ten hours a week ‘TBC’ will allow them the flexibility, so they can earn a little income while continuing to do well in school and participating in their athletics. We feel it’s important to reward those students who are doing well academically and are active on team sports. We have many other ideas in our think tank ready to go. We will try to involve as many children as we can, after all, they are our future.
Some of the non profits we have already helped and will continue to help are :
*Lambsfold (women’s center)
*Hepzibah Home ( state foster home)
*Family enrichment program ( 250 families with children under 5)
*Together We C.O.P.E (homeless prevention group)
*Treasure Chest (children with cancer)
*Foster Homes Affiliates E.F.C.A.
*Women’s Battered Shelter Affiliates
*The Ronald McDonald Houses Loyola -Oak Lawn -Childrens Memorial
*Easter Seals (children with disabilities)
*Coalition for the Homeless
*Local Boys Home
* All of our soldiers families ( Operation Homefront-Helmet to Hardhats)
* Native American Centers
There are so many more, just too many to list. visit our who we help page for a bigger list-
Toy Box Connection will continue to seek out and add more nonprofits always. We want to touch the lives of as many children as we can. The sky is the limit, with your help, we will reach it!
Please feel free to contact me
CEO Michelle Maxia 708-691-2715