Bronto Gives Back: Ronald McDonald House Toy Drive

Sara McDaniel

In the winter months, our community outings are geared more toward inside events to avoid the cold weather. We were able to work with SEEDS in the beginning when it was still nice to garden outside, Durham Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity and a new effort to Bronto, the Ronald McDonald House of Durham‘s Toy Drive. Since October, we have had an outstanding 13 community events take place!

Bronto volunteers
Brontos Carolyn Sparano, Kristen Gregory & Nathalie Scheier pose after organizing the toys.

We have worked with Ronald McDonald House Charities before, but never to this extent.  The community team decided we needed to have a challenge at Bronto and choose to work with the Ronald McDonald House of Durham. We committed approx. 5 volunteers for a morning shift, an afternoon shift, and a shift for those musically inclined Brontos to help provide some holiday cheer. Check out a short video of three talented Brontos bringing in some holiday musical cheer:

During these shifts, Brontos helped transform an ordinary room into a Holiday Wonderland with toys organized by age to help the parents pick out gifts for their children and themselves. We also wanted to donate at least 70 gifts to the cause. Brontos provided 85 gifts (for infants, toddlers, children, teenagers and adults) to meet our challenge.

Since 1980, the Ronald McDonald House of Durham has allowed families to focus on the health and well being of their critically ill children by keeping families together who are in need of a community of hope, comfort, and empathy.  The toy drive is a great opportunity to help families who are struggling with balancing the needs of a sick child, travel and the regular stress of the holidays all at the same time.

Bronto volunteers
Members of the community team sorting gifts. Jamie Tharp, Karen Bruce & Anna Pfeiffer

Sara McDaniel
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