Posted by Tina Ingraham

Rotary Club of Cleveland coordinates distribution of 18,000 Stuffed Animals to NEO Children in Need

38 Local Agencies Received Wild Republic® Toys in Honor of Company’s Grand Opening of World

Rotary Club of Cleveland was asked to take on the task of distributing 18,000 stuffed animals from the toy manufacturer Wild Republic in honor of their new headquarters. The club called on other District 6630 Rotary Clubs in the cluster for help. Members reached out to various non-profit partners to help spread the donation throughout the Cleveland area, making sure these new stuffed animals were received by children in crisis, children suffering in our hospitals, and children in need.  After the ribbon cutting ceremony on November 29th, the toys were sorted and distributed to 38 local agencies, including our own Rotary Camp. Rotarian Tina Ingraham accompanied one delivery of 1,000 toys to the WOIO-TV 19 toy drive with the Salvation Army, appearing on the local news in the 4-6pm newscast. All deliveries were made by December 18th.
From our local children’s hospitals to Cleveland Safety Forces to YWCA and various foster care centers, we know these will be going to homes where they’re needed. We are grateful to Berea Moving & Storage for their donation of a truck and driver to make our larger deliveries. The partial list of agencies receiving stuffed animals include:
Achievement Centers of Cleveland, Blue Steels Toy Drive, Connecting for Kids, Fostering Hope, Ronald McDonald House, Cleveland Safety Forces, Thea Bowman Center, Merrick House, Providence House, Good Knights, Toys for Tots, Independence Police and Safety Forces, Department of Children and Family Services (Cuyahoga County), Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Metro Health, Rotary Camp for Kids, Project Ed Bear  - Akron General Hospital, Pathway Caring for Children Foster Care, The Haven Home, JFSA Strengthening Families, JFSA Youth Ability, YWCA, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Cleveland Angels, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, Heart 4 The City – Akron, St. Dominic’s Church Mission, Family Promise of Greater Cleveland, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry Women’s Shelter, SPARK – Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids, Danial E. Morgan School, Shaker Heights Police Department, East Cleveland Preschool, Bedford Social Services.