Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Rascal Flatts Fan Club Annual Christmas Toy Drive Needs Your Help

Ok everyone it is that time again!! A little reminder that Rascal Flatts has a fantastic Fan Club with some really wonderful people. Among them, Velvet Arrington or ~V~ as she is lovingly known.  She heads up a toy drive every year for the children and families that spend their Christmas at the Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN.  ~V~ Packs up her car and personally delivers these items from her home in South Carolina to the hospital each year. She can't do this without our support. Please send her a little something off her list.  No matter how big or little the gift is everything counts. Let's make ~V~ rent a U-Haul for this year's trip :)

One more thing, the Christmas season is celebrated differently by many cultures. Please refrain from using any specific phrase such as "Merry Christmas" on any item or card you send.  The children and their families my not celebrate the season as Christmas but as Hanukkah for example.  A more general greeting such as "Happy Holiday's" or "Season's Greetings" work well in all cultures :)

If you are interested and would like to be a part of this beautiful cause, please email ~V~ at arringnl@gmail.com for her mailing address and any questions you may have.  Your contribution will brighten the lives of so many.

Deadline to have items to ~V~ is Dec. 10th, 2011... Please ask others to get involved as well.

Arts & Crafts
  • Beads (Pony, Glass, Jewelry making)
  • Canvas (8 x 10 or smaller) 
  • Character Stickers
  • Color Wonder Products
  • Construction Paper
  • Crayola Colored Pencils 
  • Crayola Crayons (Washable)
  • Crayola Markers (Washable)
  • *Do-A-Dot Markers
  • Fabric paint
  • Finger paint
  • Glitter Pens
  • **Model Kits - car, plane, etc (1, 2, 3 difficulty)
  • Model Magic Clay
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint-by-number
  • Paint pens
  • Playdoh (Play-Doh brand please)
  • *Prepackaged Craft Kits - for teens
  • Small individual Elmer's glue bottles (liquid instead of glue sticks)
  • Teen Scrapbook Kits
  • Washable paint
  • Wooden craft kits
  • Wooden frames (8 x 10 smaller)
  • *Word Search, Crossword Puzzle books (small / LARGE print)Board Games/Cards
  • Lego Activity Kits
Connect Four, Guess Who, Electronic Monopoly (Spanish version also), Life, Sorry, Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble (Spanish also), Taboo, Operation, Trouble, Scene It, Catch Phrase, Soduko, etc...Classic Playing Cards…UNO Playing Cards, Skipbo Playing Cards.
  • Child and Adult size **underwear
  • Formal infant clothing for bereavement 
  • Pants and Shorts (stretch material) - Child and Adult sizes
  • Plain T-Shirts – Child and Adult
Infant Items
  • Blankets
  • *Dream Screens 
  • *Infant mirrors
  • *Rattles      
  • Teething Rings
  • Shape Sorters
  • Stacking Rings
  • Washable Infant Mobiles
    •   (must be plastic or vinyl washable / wipeable)
Note: Hats (size compared to an orange, a grapefruit and a cantaloupe to accommodate all our sizes of babies)
Stockings (12" wide by 20" long as a finished size)
Blankets - babies enjoy fleece, or flannel, cotton, or t-shirt material - (crocheted or knitted for the older kids)

Miscellaneous Toys / Items 
  • Action Heroes
  • Balls - all sizes
  • Bubbles - wedding bubbles 
  • *Dolls - need to be ALL plastic and multi-cultural
  • I Spy
  • Laundry Detergent (Powder)
  • *Magazine subscriptions for Teens (SI, Teen, Teen People, Outdoors, Teen Beat, J14, Bop, Etc.)
  • Matchbox Cars
  • *Non Latex Squeezy Balls
  • Pillowcases (colors; solids and design)
  • Popular character toys (Dora, Hannah Montana, etc.)
  • Rescue Heroes
  • *Teen Journals
  • Viewmasters with sound and slides
Movies
*DVD's - Current (new releases) or classic, Spanish – children or adolescent movies (G or  PG) 
Music
  • CD Player
  • *Cassette Tapes - (Lullaby/Classical, popular teen music, children's songs, Spanish, blank)
  • Discmans
  • iPods
  • iTune Cards
  • Ear buds
Toddler/Preschool Toys
  • Fisher Price - farm, garage, castle, etc
  • *Fisher Price peaceful planet lights and sounds aquarium
  • *Fisher Price medical play kits
    • (must be plastic or vinyl washable/wipeable)
  • *Fisher Price replacement people, animals, furniture, action figures
  • Large trucks and cars
  • *Make noise
  • *Pop up
  • Thomas Train pieces
Toiletry Items
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Mouthwash
  • Shampoo 
  • Toothbrush 
  • Toothpaste
  • Hand Lotions
Transportation Toys
  • Little Tykes cozy coupe
  • *Little Tykes (or other brand) "push car" with handle
(for toddlers-parents do not have to bend over to push it-they use the handle)
Other Items need
  • Batteries:  size C X 300; size D X 25
  • Blank Computer Disks, DVD's or CD's
  • Books on CD's
  • "New" Books – for all ages (infant - adolescent) English & Spanish 
  • Gift Cards from Target, Borders or itunes, etc.
  • Phone Cards
  • Photo Paper
  • Walkie Talkies
  • Ziplock bags (all sizes)
  • Ziplock containers
  • School Supplies
  • Finger Nail Polish
Food Donations (to be placed in family and waiting room areas)
  • Bottled water 
  • Canned soft drinks 
  • Individually wrapped snack items     
  • Plastic ware - Plates, Cups, Utensils
  • Ravioli (microwavable w/pull tab)
  • Canned Tuna