January 1, 2016 First Friday (Toy Drive)

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HAPPY NEW YEAR TRIKESTERS!

You helped us end the year of 2015 with a bang as we reached our goal of 500 hugs for our #hugs4joy2015 fundraiser. Huge thanks to all of you who “embraced” the event and posted hug photos. Not only did each photo raise $500 for our nonprofit, but each one made our hearts smile during this difficult month. That’s simply priceless!

Hugs 2015

We also gained a bunch of new followers. So we’ll give you new trikesters the scoop. Our nonprofit was established to honor Henry and Megan by spreading joy through simple acts of kindness. Every month we set a kindness theme and we reveal it on the First Friday of every month by telling a little gem of a story about them.

FIRST FRIDAY for January is written by Henry’s mom, Marla.

“I remember long days in the hospital with Henry. Long weeks stuck in a very small room. Sometimes, the only thing that helped us survive were the toys.

When the nurses knew Henry was being admitted, we would be greeted with a bin of Thomas the Train toys, one of his favorites. He would play with them for hours. Then, when he tired of those, and Owen was joining him, the Play-doh would come out. More time laughing. I miss the laugh of those two boys. Henry could pick out a toy from a treasure box after each lumbar puncture. Both boys would laugh in the playroom, filled with fun adventures. Kids spend holidays and birthday in the hospital, special toys help this be “ok”. Kids need to remember to smile and laugh during times of struggle. Watching your kid smile makes everything seem like it might be ok.

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When Henry died, we knew we wanted to give back to Randall Children’s Hospital. This magical place turned long days into days full of laughter. Each year, we want to help keep those smiles coming. Kids shouldn’t get cancer, but they do. Kids shouldn’t spend nights in the hospital, but they do. Toys help put smiles on kids faces, and these toys do.”

Our kindness theme for the month of January is and always will be…DONATE A TOY!

Big toys, small toys, girl toys, boy toys, baby toys, teenage toys…they are all needed.

This is Henry’s 3rd Annual Red Tricycle Toy Drive. The first year 600 toys were collected and last year nearly 1,900 toys. That’s a lot of individuals working together to make a huge difference in the lives of the patients at Randall Children’s Hospital. Our hope for this year is a whopping 2,500 toys. It’s a huge goal, so we will definitely need the help of all of our trikesters throughout the country.

Toy Drive 2016

You have several options on how to participate:

* Purchase toys from our Amazon wish list. This is the easiest way and the toys will be delivered directly to us. As an added bonus you can look for our nonprofit in the Amazon Smile program and we will receive a percentage of all sales. http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/?ie=UTF8&cid=A27IK9VDEVAU9T

*Shop your local stores and drop off toys with the Friedler or Griffith families

* Donate money on our website or mail us gift cards and we will shop for you.

*Host your own toy drive at work, school, church, baby shower etc. and we will make arrangements to come pick them up (within the Portland/Metro area)

*If you are unable to help financially this year, that’s okay. We need treasure hunters too. So if you find a great deal or a clearance rack let us know and we will send out shoppers. This is an annual event so keep a lookout all year long.

We are grateful for this opportunity to give back to the remarkable team at Randall Children’s Hospital.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US SPREAD JOY…ONE TOY AT A TIME! 

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