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WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (May 2018): Kids Wish Network united with Air Force Reserve Command of Robins Air Force Base for its 20th Project Toy Drop event at the Museum of Aviation on May 12. Kids Wish Network’s Project Toy Drop brought a special delivery… truckloads of new toys, lap desks, school supplies, arts and crafts kits, clothing and accessories, necessities, and so many more spectacular items to children of Air Force Reserve families. Kids Wish Network also purchased fishing poles for all kids attending the event. Children visited gift stations piled high with stacks of fun merchandise, and filled up bags with all their favorite things. “Thank you for doing this for us,” said attendee LaToya McClary. “My daughter said, ‘it was so nice of them to give away all those toys to kids like me.’ ”

“Our Reserve Citizen Airmen are our most valued asset,” said Senior Master Sergeant Jackie Zawada, Project Manager for the Yellow Ribbon Program. “This event is an opportunity to partner with the community and Kids Wish Network to give back a small token of our appreciation to the children of those who sacrifice for and serve this great nation. The Air Force Reserve relies on this community partnership to ensure we are ready to support the mission.”

For this very meaningful weekend beginning with Military Spouse Appreciation Day, all family members were given special recognition. The event also honored some very influential heroes… pink carnations were given to military moms in celebration of Mother’s Day.

“It is humbling to see such an outpouring of generosity for our Air Force Reserve families,” said Colonel Alaric “A.J.” Jorgensen, Deputy Director of Staff, Air Force Reserve Command. “It is a united front of so many people who came together to make this event happen.”

Starting out as a wish granting organization that creates memorable wishes for children with life threatening illnesses, Kids Wish Network has expanded over the years to include additional programs. Project Toy Drop travels the country, creating miles of smiles for deserving children ages 3-16 who are either kids of American service men and women, or at-risk youth facing significant challenges.

“It was an honor to show our appreciation to these deserving families who make so many daily sacrifices for our country’s safety and freedom,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai. “With the event being held on Mother’s Day weekend, it was also wonderful having the opportunity to  further recognize all the moms for their selfless acts in their additional role of motherhood.”

Our heartfelt thanks to Central Transport for their continued support of Project Toy Drop, graciously donating their services in delivering all the pallets from Florida and Tennessee to the Air Force Reserve Command event. Kids Wish Network is also grateful to Tennessee Commercial Warehouse for donating space to store Project Toy Drop’s special merchandise.

We’d also like to thank these generous sponsors:  Residence Inn by Marriot Macon, Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown, Maggiano’s Little Italy – Buckhead, CVS, Publix Super Markets Inc., Dunkin Donuts #344356, Kroger, O’Charley’s #278, Sonny’s BBQ, Walgreens #6561, Daisy Patch Flowers, Georgia Bobs BBQ, Home Depot #0163, Mercer University, Georgia State University, Olive Garden #1769, Publix #1008, United Rentals, and Aldi.

Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Visit www.kidswishnetwork.org to learn more and find out how you can help makes dreams come true and sponsor a wish for a deserving child.


PANAMA CITY, FL. (January 2018): Children’s charity Kids Wish Network, brought its 18th Project Toy Drop to Tyndall Air Force Base. This special celebration included 3 holiday themed events that sparkled with joy and cheer.  Kids Wish Network donated a retail value of $240,000 in new toys, educational products, games, clothing and other necessity items to children of families in the military. Gift stations brimming with stacks of fun merchandise created wonder and excitement… kids went from table to table filling big bags with all their favorite things. Select children also received an extraordinary surprise. Kids Wish Network also purchased and gifted new bikes, donating an additional $2,000 of merchandise to this heartwarming military celebration.

“We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to work with Kids Wish Network,” said Tyndall Air Force Base Exceptional Family Member Coordinator Shannon Scott. “The families at the events were in awe of the generosity and dedication that Kids Wish Network displayed.  Seeing their little faces light up was priceless!”

Starting out as a wish granting organization that creates memorable wishes for children with life threatening illnesses, Kids Wish Network has expanded over the years to include additional programs. Project Toy Drop travels the country, creating miles of smiles for deserving children ages 3-16 who are either kids of American service men and women, or at-risk youth facing significant challenges.

“We’re greatly honored to create so much happiness for these children dealing with lots of extra stresses which are magnified during the holidays,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai. “We know it’s a difficult time for many military kids, especially if a parent is deployed and unable to celebrate as a family.”

Pilot Freight Services and A&O Logistics graciously collaborated in donating their services, transporting all  the merchandise from California to Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.


“I’d personally like to thank Kids Wish Network for providing our community with Project Toy Drop… the event exceeded our expectations.”

MONTGOMERY, AL. (January 2018): Children’s charity Kids Wish Network, brought its 19th Project Toy Drop to Maxwell Air Force Base on December 9. The holiday themed event sparkled with joy and cheer. Kids Wish Network donated a retail value of $286,000 in new toys, educational products, games, clothing and other necessity items to children of military families. Gift stations brimming with stacks of fun merchandise created wonder and excitement… kids went from table to table filling big bags with all their favorite things.

“I’d personally like to thank Kids Wish Network for providing our community with Project Toy Drop,” said Maxwell Air Force Base Violence Prevention Integrator and Green Dot Program Manager Cynthia M. Cuppernell. “Despite the challenge of weather, the event was successful and exceeded our expectations.”

Starting out as a wish granting organization that creates memorable wishes for children with life threatening illnesses, Kids Wish Network has expanded over the years to include additional programs. Project Toy Drop travels the country, creating miles of smiles for deserving children ages 3-16 who are either kids of American service men and women, or at-risk youth facing significant challenges.

“We’re so honored to be able to give back to the military who make multiple sacrifices in protecting our country and freedom,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai. “During the holidays our Project Toy Drop events take on even more meaning. There are many military families who are not able to be together due to a parent being deployed. These special events deliver joy and holiday cheer at a time when these kids need it the most.”

Central Transport continued their support of Project Toy Drop, donating their services in transporting all of the merchandise from Florida to Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

 

 


 

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“We were able to reach out to an incredible number of families that could use the extra assistance… Our reach was huge with Kids Wish Network behind us.”

EAST MOLINE, IL. (August 2017): Children’s charity Kids Wish Network, brought its 17th Project Toy Drop event to East Moline on August 19, teaming up with Phoenix Body Solutions at the City’s annual Freedom Fest. Kids Wish Network President David Clevenger hosted Project Toy Drop, and transformed his wellness center into a child’s dream come true… a pop-up toy store of gift stations brimming with stacks of fun merchandise. Over $300,000 worth of new toys, educational items, games, and other necessities were distributed to local children in need.

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Kids chose from a wide variety of gifts, filling up bags with all their favorite things. Some other highlights included opening ceremonies presented by East Moline Mayor Reggie Freeman, shirts being distributed into the crowd via a T-shirt launcher, and the gifting of 16 bikes courtesy of Kids Wish Network, acquired through a Walmart grant. Several special families in need were pre-selected by the City of East Moline to receive bikes.

One bike recipient’s family had been struggling to recover after her dad’s recent return to work following a layoff, and her mom’s battle with cancer. She hoped to receive a bike for her birthday. “We were able to make her wish come true thanks to the Walmart grant and Kids Wish Network,” said East Moline Main Street President Patricia Hansen. “Having Kids Wish Network’s Project Toy Drop is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be able to offer this to our community. Talking to families and hearing their stories was so very heartbreaking and yet rewarding to be able to help them.”

Starting out as a wish granting organization that creates memorable wishes for children with life threatening illnesses, Kids Wish Network has expanded over the years to include additional programs, reaching out to even more children in need of something special in their lives.

Project Toy Drop travels the country, creating miles of smiles, gifting new toys, games, clothing, and other much-needed items to deserving children ages 3-16 who are either kids of American service men and women, or at-risk youth facing significant challenges such as homelessness, abuse, neglect, abandonment, and physical or mental challenges. Whether for children of military families, or at-risk youth, this program creates a special day of memories and unity that brings happiness and hope to so many deserving children and their families.

“We were able to reach out to an incredible number of families that could use the extra assistance, and also donate to children’s hospitals, military organizations, and a brand new alternative school,” said Patricia Hansen. “Our reach was huge with Kids Wish Network behind us.”

“Each Project Toy Drop is special to us and touches our hearts,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Anna Lanzatella. “We’re honored to bring so much happiness and hope to deserving children in East Moline.”

Kids Wish Network would like to thank Phoenix Body Solutions, the City of East Moline – Mayor Reggie Freeman, Partricia Hansen and East Moline Main Street, Jumer’s Casino and Hotel, Walmart Davenport (IA Store #1241, Papa John’s, Intellect USA, Green Chevrolet, Thunder Bay Grille, Ken Kurry Construction Inc., WHBF and Hola America, for their generosity. Also our heartfelt thanks to Central Transport for their continued partnership and graciousness in helping to deliver miles of smiles to deserving children throughout the country.

Project Toy Drop Mayoral Proclamation


“You see all the donations, the well-wishers and the kids.
It’s just unbelievable.”

DOBBINS, Ga. (July 2017): Children’s charity Kids Wish Network brought its 16th Project Toy Drop event to the Dobbins Air Reserve Base on July 8. Over $305,000 worth of new toys, educational items, games, and other necessities were distributed to children of military families.

Kids excitedly sorted through stacks of toys, games and necessities, filling up bags with all of their favorite things courtesy of Kids Wish Network’s Project Toy Drop . Families also enjoyed inflatable bouncing houses, appearances and entertainment by Belle and Spiderman, great food, and many additional fun festivities. Both kids and adults were thrilled when Spiderman fired t-shirts into the crowd from a t-shirt launcher.


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Project Toy Drop at Dobbins Air Reserve
Project Toy Drop at Dobbins Air Reserve

“You see all the donations, the well-wishers and the kids. It’s just unbelievable,” said Major Andrea Walthour, a communications squadron commander at Dobbins. “It’s Christmas in July for our families.”

Starting out as a wish granting organization that creates memorable wishes for children with life threatening illnesses, Kids Wish Network’s Project Toy Drop has expanded over the years to include additional programs, reaching out to even more children in need of something special in their lives.

Project Toy Drop travels the country, creating miles of smiles, gifting new toys, games, clothing, and other much-needed items to deserving children ages 3-16 who are either kids of American service men and women, or at-risk youth facing significant challenges such as homelessness, abuse, neglect, abandonment, and physical or mental challenges. Whether for children of military families or at-risk youth, this program creates a special day of memories and unity that brings happiness and hope to so many deserving children and their families.

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“I absolutely love it,” said Catherine Poontiset, who attended with her four kids. “It’s not just the actual military officers, it’s the wives and the children, and they needed this. They have been missing him (their dad) so bad.”

“We’re so honored to celebrate our military families who have made a multitude of sacrifices bravely protecting our nation and defending our freedom,” said Kids Wish Network’s Project Toy Drop Executive Director Anna Lanzatella. “Project Toy Drop brings together children and families who understand the challenges of frequently relocating and missing a parent who may be deployed far away. It creates a very special bonding experience and brings comfort and support.”

Project Toy Drop at Dobbins Air Reserve
Kids Wish Network’s Project Toy Drop would like to thank Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter, Publix, Duncan Donuts, Kroger, Costco, The Cheesecake Factory, WILLIAMSON BROS. BAR-B-Q, Dream Friends Entertainment, Andretti’s Indoor Karting and Games Marietta, and Chick-Fil-A Marietta Trade Center for their gracious generosity. Also much gratitude to Central Transport for their continued partnership and kindness in helping to deliver miles of smiles to deserving children throughout the country.

Letter of Thanks from the Dobbins Air Reserve Base


DELLWOOD, Mo. (May 2017): Children’s charity Kids Wish Network, brought its 15th Holiday of Hope On Tour event to the Dellwood community on May 6, distributing over $205,000 worth of new toys, educational items, games, and other necessities to local children in need. Kids Wish Network united with the City of Dellwood for this special event bringing together city and county officials, firefighters, and community volunteers to bring happiness, joy and hope to children, while also fostering better relationships within the community.

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Starting out as a wish granting organization that creates memorable wishes for children with life threatening illnesses, Kids Wish Network has expanded over the years to include additional programs, reaching out to even more children in need of something special in their lives. The Holiday of Hope On Tour program helps at-risk children facing life-altering challenges such as abuse, neglect, illness, homelessness, and/or poverty experience the magic of giving. During the event, local city and county officials, firefighters and police officers become active participants in handing out gift items and meeting the kids and their families creating positive relationships.

“The City of Dellwood is happy to host Kids Wish Network’s Holiday of Hope On Tour event here in our city,” said Public Services Director Marvin Crumer. “It’s very meaningful and beneficial for our city and especially our youth, who in a lot of circumstances do not get to just be kids, having a lot of adult responsibilities. Kids Wish Network has given us an opportunity to positively celebrate our children. This is a great event for our city, our kids and our community.”

On behalf of the City of Dellwood, Mayor Reggie Jones also presented Kids Wish Network with a special proclamation, recognizing May 6, 2017 as Kids Wish Network Holiday of Hope On Tour Day. Mayor Jones said, “I want all citizens to be aware of this most worthwhile organization and join me in thanking all of those involved for their efforts and contributions to our children and their families.”

“We’re so honored to be a part of such a magical event that not only provides happiness to deserving children, but also creates such positivity bringing support, hope, and favorable role models to create a brighter tomorrow,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Anna Lanzatella. “When goodness is shared, it multiplies and greatly impacts others. We’re so appreciative to all the caring people who helped make our event in Dellwood such a success!”

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Kids Wish Network would like to thank: The City of Dellwood, Mayor Reggie Jones, and Metro North Fire Department for their participation and support. And special appreciation to Public Services Director Marvin Crumer for going above and beyond in helping orchestrate this extraordinary event, and Central Transport for their continued partnership and generosity in helping to deliver miles of smiles to deserving children throughout the country. Also much gratitude to Baileys’ Range, Hard Rock Café -St. Louis, Papa John’s Pizza, St. Louis Union Station Hotel, and Starbucks #27777 for their kindness and hospitality.


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