The Toy Closet at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital


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WHEN A CHILD IS REALLY SICK
OR HURT, A HOSPITAL CAN BE A
VERY SCARY PLACE.
THAT'S WHY ANN FOUNDED THE TOY
CLOSET PROGRAM AT YALE-NEW HAVEN
CHILDREN'S WHO HAVE TO MAKE
THESE LITTLE PATIENTS FEEL
COMFORT AND SPECIAL.
SHE IS BACK TODAY WITH COFOUNDER
FROM THE PROGRAM.
LADIES, THANK YOU FOR BEING
HERE.
THANK YOU FOR HAVING US.
ANN, TELL ME HOW YOU
STARTEDDED THIS PROGRAM, ABOUT
20 YEARS AGO.
20 YEARS AGO, IN 2013 WE
STARTED THE TOY CLOSET PROGRAM.
SINCE THAT TIME, AND MARY ANN
CAN TELL YOU, THIS IS ALL
VOLUNTEER BASED, E'VE GIVEN
AWAY ABOUT A MILLION TOYS.
AND BECAUSE YALE-NEW HAVEN
HOSPITAL HAS EXPANDED ALL OVER
THE STATE, WE NOW HAVE ARMOIRES,
THE'S A PICTURE IN THE FRONT
WHERE A CHILD GOES TO AN ARMOIR
AND JUST OPENS IT UP AND GETS TO
JUST DELIGHT AND PICK A TOY.
THAT'S FABULOUS FORKS KIDS
THAT ARE SICK, REALLY SOMETHING
TO LOOK FORWARD SO.
WITHOUT MARY ANN, SHE AND I
HAVE BEEN PARTNERS IN CRIME OR
20 YEARS NOW.
I JUST WANT TO YOU TALK ABOUT
THE VOLUNTEERS AND HOW THIS
WORKS.
WE STARTED SMALL.
WE HAD FIVE WHEN WE STARTED, AND
NOW WE ARE IN 34 AREAS,
SATELLITES AND SATELLITE
HOSPITALS.
AND WE HAVE ABOUT 20 VOLUNTEERS,
AND WE COLLECT OUR TOYS, WE
STORE THEM, SORT THEM,
DISTRIBUTE THEM TO THE TOY
CLOSET ND TO ALTERNATE AREAS
OVER THERE.
AND EVERYBODY HAS A LITTLE ROLE
TO PLAY.
AN IMPORTANT ONE.
NOT TO FORGET ALL OUR HUNDREDS
AND THOUSANDS OF DONORS WHO
EVERY YEAR COME AND BRING TOYS.
FIRE DEPARTMENTS, SCHOOLS,
CHURCHES, INDIVIDUALS.
LOTS OF AREA BUSINESSES AT THIS
TIME OF YEAR THEY DO THEIR
HOLIDAY PARTIES, AND A TOY FOR
THE TOY CLOSET AT YALE-NEW HAVEN
CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL.
IT'S ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS.
WE SHOULD MENTION THAT UNIKE
HOLIDAY DRIVES, YOU'RE LOOKING
FOR DONATION YEAR AROUND.
CHILDREN ARE SICK YEAR
AROUND.
I MEAN, I THINK A LOT OF FOLKS
THINK ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS AND
GIVING, BUT WE GO OUT OF OUR
WAY, W DO A LOT OF OUTREACH
TOO, SO WE HAVE BUILT
PLAYGROUNDS.
WE HAVE DONE ALL KINDS OF
THINGS.
AND IT'S JUST ABOUT CHILDREN.
AND PUTTI A SMILE ON THEIR
FACE WHEN THEY'RE GOING THROUGH
A LOT OF TRAUMA.
SOME OF OUR CHILDREN,
UNFORTUNATELY, NEVER LEAVE THE
HOSPITAL.
THEY' ONCOLOGY PATIENTS.
BUT THEY KNOW THAT THERE IS
SOMETHING FOR A MOMENT TO KEEP
THEM OCCUPIED, AND THEIR PARENTS
OW THAT TOO.
AND I JUST, I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH
ABOUT THE VOLUNTEERS AND MARY
ANN WHO OVERSEES US AT THE
HOSPITAL AND SOMANY OTHER FROM
THE HOSPITAL AUXILIARY THAT MAKE
THIS PROGRAM WORK ON ALMOST A
STATEWIDE LEVEL NOW.
GREAT.
AND THERE ARE STORIES THAT
COME BACK TO US ABOUT PARENTS
WHO MAYBE HAVE EVEN LOST A CHILD
WHO GIVE BACK TO THE TOY CLOSET
PROGRAM BALLPARKS THEY WANT TO
SEE IT WORK.
IT'S VERY SIMPLE, BUT IT'S ABOUT
TOYS AND IT'S ABOUT KIDS.
SOMETHING THAT MAKES THEM
HAPPY.
ABSUTELY.
AND FOR BIRTHDAYS, TOO,
RIGHT?
WE'VE DONE IT ALL.
YES.
AND IT'S SO HEARTWARMING WHAT
WE HAVESEEN OVER THE LAST
COUPLE OF YEARS, A LOT OF
FAMILIESDISCUSS WITH THEIR
CHILDREN THE FACT THAT WHY DON'T
WE DO SOMETHING FOR YOUR
BIRTHDAY FR ANOTHER CHILD.
YOU HAVE SO MANY THINGS.
SO YOU SEE CHILDREN WHO HAVE A
BIRTHDAY PARTY AND INVITE THEIR
FRIENDS TO COME AND CELEBRATE
THEIR BIRTHDAY, AND BRING A TOY
FOR THE TO CLOSET PROGRAM.
KIDS HAVE ONE THAT FOR THEIR
BAR MITZVAH, AND IT'S ABSOLUTELY
FABULOUS TO SEE EVEN VERY YOUNG
CHILDREN COME AND SHARE.
IT'S REALLY VERY POWERFUL.
YES, AND TOYS FOR ALL AGES.
ALL AGES FROM ALMOST ZERO
UNTIL ABOUT 18.
AND WE DO TAKE MONETARY
DONATIONS, AND THEN MARY ANN AND
HER TEAM AND OTHERS GO SHOPPING
FOR TOYS.
FUN!
WE DO GO SHOP FOR TOYS.
THERE ARE PLACES AT
YALE-NEW HAVEN HOSPITAL IN A
BASEMENT ARA, AND I'M TELLING
YOU, IT LOOKS LIKE A TOYS R US,
LIKE A HUGE TOY STORE.
AND THEY DISSEMINATE THIS
INFORMATION, THEY GIVE OUT THE
TOYS, AND IT'S ALWAYS THERE FOR
A CHILD IN HOSPITALS IF THEY
NEED SOMETHING TO KEEP THEM
PREOCCUPIED.
THIS STARTED AS A BRIAN CHILD OF
WHEN I WAS A REPORTER IN
OKLAHOMA AND I SAW A CHILD WITH
CANCER GO TO A TOY CLOSET, AND I
THOUGHT, IF I COULD EVER
REPLICATE THAT AND TAKE IT
SOMEWHERE.
SO I LAND IN NEW HAVEN, THEY'RE
BUILDING THE CHILDREN'S
HOSPITAL, AND I GAVE THEMTHIS
IDEA, AND IT JUST HAS BLOSSOMED.
THE POOREST OFSCHOOLS HAVE
GIVE US PENNIES.
FIREFIGHTERS HAVE SORTED THOSE
PENNIES, AND MARY ANN ANDY HAVE
SEEN THAT ANDTHEN WE GO BUY
TOYS.
IT GIVES ME GOOSE BUMPS.
IT IS THE SEASON FOR GIVING.
HOW CAN PEOPLE SNEP.
MARY ANN?
WELL, EVEN ONE TOY OR A TOY
DRIVE WITH YOUR WHOLE FAMILY OR
WITH THE WHOLE BUSINESS,
SCHOOLS, YOU CALL 203-688-5717.
THAT'S THE YALE-NEW HAVEN
HOSPITAL AUXILIARY, OUR TOY
CLOSET PROGRAM IS RUN.
AND WE CAN HELP YOU, ANY
QUESTIONS YOU WANT ANSWERED, WE
CAN GIVE YOU BROCHURES WHICH
GIVE YOU THE BASIC INFORMATION
ABOUT THE PROGRAM, THE MISSION,
SOME SUGESTIONS FOR TOYS.
AND ACTUALLY, ONE OF THE THINGS
THAT WE REALLY WOULD LIKE TO
WORK ON, WE NEED A LOT OF LITTLE
THINGS RIGHT NOW.
THERE ARE SOMANY OUTPATIENT
AREAS WHERE ABOUT, OH WE SEE
ABOUT 75,000 CHILEN, AND THE
CHILDREN'S EMERGENCY, IT'S
ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE.
AND A LITE BIT OF PLAY DOH, A
SMALL MATCH BOXCARS.
VERY GOOD.
PLAYING CARDS.
MAKEUP FOR THE GRLS.
OH, THAT'S EVEN BETTER.
LADIES, THANKS SO MUCH FOR BEING
HERE.
WE'LL HAVE THE INFRMATION ABOUT
THE TOY CLOSET ON WTNH.COM.
THANKS FOR HAVING US.
CONGRATULATION ONS YOUR
ENGAGEMENT.
OH, THANKS, ANN!
NEXT I'LL HEAD TO THE KITCHEN
WITH CHEF PAUL FROM OCTOBER
GONE.
HE SHARES A RECIPE FOR EMPANADAS