Material Girls, 463 Boston Post Road, is collecting toys for the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Toy Closet, a tradition owner Kristina Kaoud started several years ago with her children.
The Toy Closet program was founded by News 8 anchor Ann Nyberg 20 years ago, in 1993. The purpose is to provide pediatric patients at the hospital (including those receiving outpatient services) with a new toy.
Kaoud family learned about the closet while visiting a friend’s child at the hospital. Their children were so moved by the idea that they asked their parents if they could do something to help.
Kristina has been collecting toys at Material Girls, and Jim has done the same at Kaoud Oriental Rugs for several years. In return, each business offers a discount on purchases with the donations.
You may drop off your donation (No plush please — hospital rules) during the regular business hours or during special events.
Material Girls is running promotions including discounts on purchases, or gifts for the next few weeks. Get a start to your holiday shopping, while supporting a great charity.
Suggested Donations (from the Toy Closet Brochure)
All toys/gifts should be new, unwrapped and sized so the closets can accommodate them. Plush toys are not accepted due to hospital infection control standards.
(Ages Newborn – 3)
Infant Toys, baby rattles, new books, building blocks, sorting toys, musical toys, soft balls, soft toys.
Building toys, craft kits, cars, trucks, new books, videos, coloring books, crayons, games, dolls, art supplies, sports equipment.
Journals, handheld games, art and craft kits, jewelry, cosmetics, sports equipment, games, school supplies, new books, calculators, models, building toys, flash drives, CD players.