BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – During the Christmas season, people in the Valley are in the giving spirit, but when summer rolls around, local organizations say those donations are few and far between.
Kelsey Moreton coordinates community events for Akron Children’s Hospital. She says the hospital accepts toy donations all year long, but the majority come in toward the end of the year.
“We get a lot of donations around Christmas time… In the summer, it’s kind of like a little bit dwindling down on donations,” she said.
That’s why Youngstown Cycle Supply holds a big toy drive every Memorial Day weekend for the kids at Akron Children’s Hospital in Boardman. Staff at Youngstown Cycle Supply hope to make a child’s time at the hospital a little easier, with the donation of a toy for every kid staying there.
For six years, Megan Stevens has been collecting toys for kids during her Brighten Up For Kids toy drive in December. They have collected thousands of toys for thousands of kids.
“It’s really important for the children and the families that they have a positive experience when they’re in the hospital and when they’re leaving the hospital,” she said.
Stevens said she sprang into action after realizing the need during the summer time. The business is collecting toys during an open house on Saturday as well as auctioning off a motorcycle, with the proceeds going to the hospital.
Steven has seen the results of the drive first hand, when her son got sick one Christmas Eve.
“He was very sick and we didn’t know what was wrong,” she said. “The thing he remembers about it is that he got a stuffed animal to take home with him.”
Youngstown Cycle is located at 6915 Market St., just south of Akron Children’s Hospital. The business is collecting donations of new toys, books or coloring books from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 28. Donations will also be accepted anytime at Akron Children’s Hospital through its Volunteer Services Department.
Items are needed for infants to teenagers, up to 18 years old.
More information on Youngstown Cycle Supply’s open house and fundraiser is available on its Facebook page.