Holiday Season Event
In the spirit of the holiday season, DCMSS coordinates toy drive and cloth drive during early to mid Dec of every year. This event has been on-going for over 6 years. The proceeds of the toy drive are donated to the less fortunate and homeless kids in DC area. DCMSS purchases toys for the event and patrons of DCMSS also pitch additional toys towards the overall collection. Organizations like Greater Washington Association of Physicians of Indian Origin sometimes made generous toy contribution towards the event. Nearly 50+ middle school and high school students sort toys into various age groups, gift wrap the toys, place bow on the gift wrapped toy, and handwrite a holiday greeting message. All the participating students receive SSL hours.. Every year we donate a minimum of 150 toys.
Additionally, the student volunteers sort and box winter clothes (jackets, sweaters, trousers and sweat pants) as per the age group and gender. A minimum of 15 huge boxes of winter clothes are delivered to Salvation Army in Gaithersburg. The toys are delivered to Sick Children Hospital in DC (HSPCS), Children’s Hospital in DC, and Sheppards Food Table. In the spirit of holiday season, DCMSS adult volunteers also partake in assisting student volunteers to make the event a grand success.
The success of our program was mentioned few years ago in the local school newsletter.
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“Thank you again for your generous donation to Dr. Bear’s Closet! We are so very appreciative and the children are going to love all of your gifts this holiday season. I have attached a copy of your donation form for your records, as well as a photo of just a few of the many amazing items you donated. We will also be sending you an official thank you letter in the mail at the end of the holiday season.
Coordinator, Volunteer Services, Dept of Child Life & Integrative Care Services, Children’s National Hospital, 111 Michigan Avenue NW, Suite 1180, Washington, DC 20010″