One of the fundamental elements of HYPE's mission is community involvement, and we are so grateful for the support of all our members. Despite the challenges that 2020 brought us, Tons of Toys once again highlighted the engagement and generosity of our members and sponsors, and all efforts combined resulted in collection of over 2,170 toys!
The annual holiday celebration looked a lot different this year. We traded in our evening cocktail party for a four day donation drop off event December 1st-4th on Pratt Street. Instead of our traditional pre-event shopping spree, we worked with Amato’s Toy & Hobby in New Britain to purchase toys with donations from our generous sponsors. For those unable to make the drop off times, Amato’s offered a call in option so HYPEsters could still donate and support Tons of Toys. We cannot thank the team at Amato’s enough for their time, energy, and of course, incredible toy selection in support of this event.
We are so grateful to ConnectiCare for their presenting sponsorship that made this event possible. We appreciate your continued support of Tons of Toys throughout the years!
We also want to thank our Sugar Plum Sponsor Vernon D. and Florence E. Roosa Family Foundation Memorial Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; our Mistletoe Sponsor Webster Bank; and our Candy Cane Sponsor BL Companies for their generous support. A special thank you to Allegra Anderson Photography stopping by to take some beautiful photos of the toy donations!
On Friday, December 4th, staff from the YMCA of Great Hartford stopped by our donation drop off location to pick up the toys to support the youth and families they serve. The YMCA of Greater Hartford is a charitable association open to all and committed to helping people develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body. This commitment is reinforced by their belief in living out universal values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
We are in awe of the generosity and commitment of our members and partners to support our community, especially during this challenging time. HYPE's leadership and staff are so thankful for the support of you, our members, and our sponsors, especially this year when the need for assistance is greater than ever, and are grateful for your help in celebrating the true meaning of the holiday season. Thank you for making this years re-imagined version Tons of Tons a success.