This holiday season, Northwest Assistance Ministries’ toy drive in Spring, Tx, which has been around for more than 15 years, should be even stronger with Chick-fil-A joining Houston Northwest Medical Center in support with donation boxes. “The collaboration between HNMC and Chick-fil-A for this year’s toy drive is a wonderful example of how our community comes together to support NAM. These two entities continue to champion our cause, which enables us to continue helping those in need in our community,” stated Linda Fullerton, volunteer coordinator at NAM.
To support programs that enhance the quality of life in the community, the toy drive is a continuation of HNMC’s commitment. The hospital donated more than $15,600 to support NAM through food and toy drives, as well as the annual Jeans and Jewels fundraiser, in 2008. Drew Kahn, chief executive officer at HNMC stated “The combined efforts of this toy drive will help make the holidays special for children in our area. We appreciate the opportunity to team up with Chick-fil-A and share the holiday spirit by supporting such a worthy cause.”
Last year, the value of the toys that were distributed was about $200,000. Donated funds went mostly toward NAM’s food distribution program. More commonly, people donate toys for the holiday toy drive than money, Fullerton said. “We distributed toys to 3,351 children and teens, and were able to feed 1,163 families a holiday dinner. We expect to see many more children this year, and this (collaboration) will hopefully generate more toy donations,” Fullerton stated.
At the hospital only, a drop box for monetary donations is available, not in restaurants. The drop box can be found in the Women’s Atrium lobby. The toy drive’s slogan of “neighbors helping neighbors” has a new meaning this year, and NAM hopes this will inspire everyone to give, through the business partnerships. Fullerton stated, “The holidays are a wonderful time to reach out to those in need. It is wonderful to know that we at NAM are helping to put smiles on so many children’s faces, giving them a wonderful memory for the holiday season.”
Houston Northwest Medical Center is just one of a number of hospitals in Spring. To view other hospitals in the area, see Hospitals in Spring, Tx.