MY Shower Door / D3 Glass is counting on generous hearts to make this a special holiday season for families at Golisano Children’s Hospital. From now until Dec. 6, people can bring new, unwrapped toys to any of the three MY Shower Door locations in Fort Myers and Naples; TWO39 Work in Bonita Springs; Brown and Brown Insurance in Fort Myers and Naples; Audi of Fort Myers and CONRIC PR & Marketing in Fort Myers.
MY Shower Door co-owner Bill Daubmann said his company is partnering with Lee Health to spread Christmas cheer to families whose holidays deserve a special present through the Golisano Children’s Hospital Toy Drive and the Golisano Snow Pile Room, where toys are delivered. To help people with ideas for what families might need, a Child Life Wish List is available online at myshowerdoor.com/toys.
This drive has special meaning for MY Shower Door / D3 Glass employees. The infant daughter of company controller Jared Larson and his wife, Liz, a nurse at Gulf Coast Hospital, died 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. This toy drive and a toy collection by MY Shower Door employees two years ago are in honor of Emma.
“Emma touched a lot of lives,” Jared said. “The families in the hospital are going through tough times and we want to support them. It is not only hard on mom and dad but also hard on the siblings. What impresses me was how caring (Golisano employees) were, especially the nurses. Our nurse went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed. It was like being part of the family.”
Now, Emma’s memory lives on.
“We wanted to set this up as a legacy to Emma,” Daubmann said.
Among wish list ideas are:
Infants and toddlers: Pop-up toys, light-up toys, rattles, teething toys, musical toys, toy phones.
Pre-school: Crayons, markers, Play-Doh, doctor play kits, action figures, animal figurines, balls.
School age: Lego sets, action figures, harmonicas, board games, card games, remote control cars, Barbies.
Teens: Plain t-shirts to decorate, PlayStation 4 games, over-the-door basketball hoops, advanced craft sets, gift cards for iTunes, GameStop, Walmart or Target.
Other items needed are shampoo, body wash, lotion, toothpaste, Chapstick, hair brushes and hair ties, nail care kits, deodorant and pajamas (infant to adult size).
Toys can be dropped off at:
- MY Shower Door – 14261 S. Tamiami Trail, No. 2, Fort Myers,
- MY Shower Door – 13500 N. Tamiami Trail, north Naples,
- MY Shower Door – 1200 Central Ave., No. 103, south Naples,
- TWO39 Work – 24301 Walden Center Dr Suite 300, Bonita Springs,
- Brown & Brown Insurance – 6611 Orion Dr #201, Fort Myers,
- Brown & Brown Insurance – 1421 Pine Ridge Rd #200, Naples,
- Audi of Fort Myers – 10050 Daniels Interstate Ct, Fort Myers,
- CONRIC PR & Marketing – 6216 Whiskey Creek Dr., Suite B, Fort Myers.