As the main coordinator of the fundraiser, I haven't had time to purchase and donate Lego sets in my local area since 2014. However, this year was was an exception. Having raised over $35,000, we shattered our previous record of raising over $18,000. With all the extra funds, we needed to enlist more coordinators to distribute Lego in more locations, and there's no easier person to recruit than myself. With a small portion of the funds, I was able to buy 100 sets worth around $3,000 and donate them to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio for their holiday toy drive.
As a neurologist at The Ohio State University, I chose to donate to my institution's affiliated children's hospital. Nationwide Children's Hospital is one of the top ranked children's hospital in the US providing comprehensive care to infants, children, teens, and young adults. The hospital accepts toy donations year-round but especially during the holiday season. I was happy to learn that Lego sets ranked number four on their top wish list items. During the pandemic, there was a demand for play resources designed for individual use rather than playroom, and Lego sets were perfect for kids to play and express their creativity as part of the healing process.
I dropped off the sets at the designated donation site and was greeted by friendly staff who were excited to receive brand new Lego sets that will make many kids happy. It was a great experience to be involved in the donation process once again. Thank you so much to everyone who played a part in such a successful fundraiser and look forward to seeing more donation photos from our other coordinators!