Over 1,100 toys sure to bring smiles to precious faces arrived in a caravan of vans and cars at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida on Dec. 10 thanks to the generous hearts of several Southwest Florida businesses.
MY Shower Door / D3 Glass organized a special toy drive and partnered with Golisano Children’s Hospital, CONRIC PR & Marketing, Brown and Brown Insurance of Fort Myers and Naples, Audi of Fort Myers, Kindleigh, Two39 Work Group and Tommy Bohanon Foundation to collect a variety of unwrapped toys for children of all ages. The Southwest Florida community also stepped up to contribute presents after several public service ads were provided for free by the Naples Daily News and The News-Press. The original goal of 500 presents was easily exceeded after MY Shower Door / D3 glass vice-president Keith Daubmann increased the ask to 1,000 presents.
The participating companies joined together to deliver the gifts to Golisano and carefully place them around the decorative Christmas tree in the main lobby. Chief Administrative Officer of Golisano Children’s Services Armando Llechu and many other Lee Health and Golisano employees were there to greet and take pictures with all of the people who made the special delivery. Santa’s special helpers from Golisano were then delivering the toys to the hospital’s Snow Pile Room for grateful families to pick their special presents.
“The giving of these companies to bring joy to the children who deserve to have smiles on their faces is always heartwarming,” said Connie Ramos-Williams, president and founder of CONRIC PR & Marketing. “This is a special time of year and we love coming together to help make the holidays a little more special for others.”
“You feel wonderful and proud when people step up to help those in their own community,” said Bill Daubmann, president of MY Shower Door / D3 Glass.
The toy drive was in honor of Emma Larson, the infant daughter of MY Shower Door / D3 Glass company controller Jared Larson and his wife, Liz, a nurse at Gulf Coast Medical Center. Emma died two years ago from a rare birth disorder called trisomy 18 or Edwards syndrome. She spent nine days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Golisano before going home. She lived for 22 days.
“Jared and I are overwhelmed with gratefulness in keeping Emma’s legacy alive and being able to help so many families,” Liz Larson said. “In the Snow Pile Room, the parents get to go pick out presents for their children, in the hospital, and their children who are not in the hospital, to make sure they can feel that joy that’s so important, especially at Christmas time. And then, of course, this amazing hospital. It is just incredible.”