Today, 13 year-old Children's Miracle Network Ambassador Mackenzie Scott announced the second annual Fire Truck O'Toys charity toy drive sponsored by Boxing Clever, Children's Miracle Network, The St. Louis Rams and Build-A-Bear Workshop®. Mackenzie, a former St. Louis Children's Hospital patient and the 2012 ambassador, is launching this gift-giving project to bring cheer to young patients hospitalized over the holidays.
Wednesday, December 19, at 1 pm, the antique fire truck will be loaded up at Boxing Clever's office, located at 1017 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63101. Then, the Children's Miracle Network Ambassadors, Mackenzie Scott and Camryn Akerson, along with Santa and all of the toys will be making their first stop of the year at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital arriving around 2:00 pm. St. Louis Cardinal Matt Holliday will be there to meet the truck and help to distribute toys to families in Cardinal Glennon's atrium.
Friday, December 21, at 1 pm, Santa and his elves will again load his fire truck with toys at Boxing Clever's downtown office. Mackenzie Scott, Camryn Akerson, Santa, the St. Louis Ram's mascot, Rampage and Build-A-Bear Workshop's Bearemy® will ride the toy-filled truck to St. Louis Children's Hospital arriving at approximately 2:30 pm. The group will be distributing toys to patients and their families.
"Being in the hospital during Christmas is a tough way to spend the holidays," said Mackenzie. "Bringing children gifts for the holidays is a way we can help those who may not get to spend time with their entire families. Families celebrating the holidays in a hospital room are always in need of some extra cheer!"
In 2007, Mackenzie captured the hearts of the Build-A-Bear family when her story was featured in the company's 10-year anniversary and Year of Friendship newsletters.