WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — News 4 is teaming up with Totally Buffalo to collect new toys for kids at Oishei Children’s Hospital.
You can bring them to the following SPoT Coffee locations on Tuesday.
- 765 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo
- 225 Delaware Ave, Buffalo
- 1406 Hertel Ave, Buffalo
- 1 Delaware Rd, Buffalo
- 4610 Main St, Snyder
- 5330 Main St, Williamsville
- 6519 E Quaker St, Orchard Park
- 1300 Union Road, West Seneca
- 12 Main St, Hamburg
- 5205 Transit Rd, Clarence
- 8845 Main St, Williamsville
We’re looking to fill more than 500 pillow cases with toys! After donating will also get 15 percent off of your order.
“We hope it brings hope,” said Totally Buffalo Founder, Mary Friona-Celani. “When your sitting in that hospital it’s scary and it’s lonely. So just knowing there is an entire community behind you really does help.”
Friona-Celani has been through an extended hospital stay with her own daughter and says that experience is why she felt compelled to help others.
“Every time somebody would send us a card or a text or a blanket or a gift it would mean so much, not because of the gift but because of the meaning behind it,” she said.
Dozens donated bags full of brand new toys, others made generous monetary donations and even Santa made an appearance on his sleigh, at the SPoT Coffee in Williamsville.
Kelly Barnhart and her one year old, Carson were among the many donating. At just five-months-old Carson was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer. “He’s been through a year of chemo, hospital visits, so many things,” said Barnhart. “It’s been an emotional and difficult year.”
Totally Buffalo and the WNY community was there for the Barnhart family last holiday season. “Every thought, every donation and everyone that’s thinking of you. it just makes a difference, ” said Barnhart. “If the kid is smiling you are happier. just your going through so much and knowing that you aren’t alone means everything.”
Carson ended treatment in August and is currently doing well. Now Barnhart wants to help others going through the same struggles.
“The way the community steps up when you go through something like that is something i will never forget. i just know that i will always give back.”