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Merry & Bright 2017: Toys for Hospital-Bound Kids!
$240 raised
137% of $175 goal
11 contributors
0 days left
Ended Dec 18, 2017

My name is Matt Kirschner, and 17 years ago, I spent my Christmas as a patient in the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the left side of my body completely paralyzed thanks to a brain injury.

Every year since, I've gone back during the holidays to drop off stuffed animals for the children spending what's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year in a hospital bed. Christmas in a hospital bed is a terribly lonely place, but I found happiness not only in friends and family, but in the simple Christmas gifts donated by strangers to the patients in the ICU. It's funny how the smallest token lifted my spirits incredibly, and I've long hoped it's done the same for whoever's received the gifts.

This is the fourth year I'm opening the toy drive online to my social media friends and family.  Last year, your donations were incredibly generous, as we collected $195 in online donations alone (plus tons of toys donated in-person)! Please consider giving the gift of hope and caring to those who truly need it this holiday season. I'm planning to go back to CHOP to donate stuffed animals on or around Monday December 18th. If you would like to donate any amount, it would be a wonderful thing. Honestly, even a $1 donation can purchase a little toy that could make a family's Christmas morning a bit brighter.

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