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Kitsap County Severe Cold Weather Defied By KidzzHelpingKidzz As Year End Goals Are Achieved

Although we have experienced a winter storm this week that brought lots of snow and ice in Kitsap County, the Kidzz Helping Kidzz toy drive is still going strong. As of today, our toy count is 6,271 toys.

Here are some of the amazing people who delivered toys to us during this wild “arctic blast.”

Dragan Karadzic, Director of Operations at Puget Sound Region USA Volleyball based in Lynwood has supported our last three toy drives.

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40 teams (12 youth per team) participated in a junior volleyball tournament this past weekend. Athletes brought a toy to the tournament for the Kidzz Helping Kidzz toy drive. Zach and Noah are pictured below in the video with the 209 donated toys that arrived on Monday.

These toys are amazing! Thank you, Puget Sound Region USA Volleyball. We greatly appreciate your support of Kidzz Helping Kidzz.

Kris Wilson, a member of The Wynn Group in Gig Harbor showed up with a truckload filled with amazing toys just as the snow was coming down in Bremerton.

Their staff and clients donated scooters, Amazon Fire 7 Tablets, sports equipment, art supplies, and more! The Wynn Group selected Kidzz Helping Kidzz as their primary charity organization this year. Noah is pictured with Kris and some of their favorite toys. Thank you to the amazing staff at the Wynn group. Your generous support of Kidzz Helping Kidzz will bring so much joy to ill children in the hospitals.

Terra Serrano, owner of Brushed Designs in Bremerton donated 145 beautifully handmade art kits in support of Kidzz Helping Kidzz.

Both the canvas and ceramic art kits contain paint, paintbrushes and a color mixing guide. This is a perfect gift for a child who is in the hospital. Noah and Zach are pictured with Terra and her family each holding a differently designed art kit. Thank you for your very generous donations, Terra!

The hazardous weather conditions made it impossible to send our rented U-Haul trucks out this week to pick up our 96 Kidzz Helping Kidzz toy collection boxes at Churches, Schools and local businesses around Kitsap County.

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Although we are “on hold” until the snow and ice melts and the roads are safe to travel again, we are committed to keeping the “Spirit of Giving Alive” as we deliver the toys to the children in the hospitals on Wednesday, January 4th.

In the meantime, Kidzz Helping Kidzz is making a positive impact in our community:

We received a request from Kaiser in Silverdale to provide 50 stuffed animals to children coming into the Urgent Care over the holidays.

With the recent increase in respiratory infections in children, we wanted to bring joy to their lives. We'll be bringing adorable stuffed animals that will be going home with sick kids who will be treated at Kaiser Urgent Care this holiday season.

We also received a beautiful thank you card from the Emergency Department Staff at St. Michael Medical Center.

“Dear Sponsors and Volunteers at Kidzz Helping Kidzz:
I want to extend a huge thank you for providing our Emergency Department with Holiday cheer all year round! It has been such a blessing to be able to bring a sick kiddo to the cart filled with donated toys and see them light up with joy as they get to pick out a toy. Or to see the tears of fear disappear off their face after getting their wound sutured. Then there are the kids that spend days in our ED and what a huge blessing it is to be able to get them a Lego set or a game that they can play with while they are waiting. Thank you for all the good cheer you allow us to pass along to the kids in our community.”

Our next toy sorting, labeling and boxing party will take place on Monday, December 26th, at 2:00 PM. If you are a kid (or a kid at heart) and can help with our toy drive, please contact us here.

Together we will brighten the lives of thousands of children at St. Michael Medical Center, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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