Umbrella is Collecting Toys for the Kids!

The Umbrella team is joining forces with the Shadow Buddies Foundation and we’re calling all elves! The 2021 holiday season is right around the corner and Umbrella Managed Systems is humbled to officially announce we have again partnered with the Shadow Buddies Foundation for their annual Holiday Hugs Toy Drive for Kids. With the spirit of the holidays upon us the toy drive is a great cause that benefits medically challenged children and children in need within Kansas City’s communities.

The Shadow Buddies Foundation is a non-profit children’s charitable organization devoted to providing support and knowledge to young children with severe illnesses and disabilities. With a mission to supply emotional support for severely ill children, the Shadow Buddies Foundation offers unique programs designed to enhance the lives of children and adults in Kansas City.
As one of Kansas City’s leading local charities, we are committed to bringing a “buddy” to every child we can who is faced with a medical condition. Our buddies help banish the shadows and show a child that they are never alone. Love, support, and friendship are there with them through every trial.
Source: Shadow Buddies Foundation Website
This year Shadow Buddies Foundation is in need of new toys for all ages and will be accepting donations starting Monday, November 1st and ending the first weekend in December.
To help them collect as many toys as possible, Umbrella will be rallying our staff to help donate toys as well as accepting donations on behalf of the organization.
Each year the Shadow Buddies Foundations gathers donations and prepares them to be distributed among the children. The Shadow Buddies Foundation will be working hand-in-hand with the hospitals, physicians, Child Life Specialists, and other non-profit organizations in our community to help keep everyone safe and healthy while delivering the toys. Their goal is to spread the magic and brighten the lives of children this holiday season!

What can I do to help donate?

There are three ways you can help.

1. Make a contactless donation via Amazon. You can purchase a new toy on Amazon and have it sent directly to Shadow Buddies. To get started click here, you will be directed to the organization’s Amazon Smile Page where you can shop their list of toys, on top of that a portion of the purchase will also be donated back to the organization.

2. Make an in-person new toy donation to the Shadows Buddies Foundation. You can take your new toys directly to 14700 W 107TH ST #100 Lenexa, KS 66215. Due to COVID Shadow Buddies ask that you call their offices at 913-642-4646 before bringing in your donation.

3. Make an in-person new toy donation to Umbrella’s office. You can take your new toys directly to 505 Walnut Street Kansas City, MO 64123. Please note that Umbrella will be accepting toy donations Monday – Thursday from 1pm – 5 pm, starting Monday, November 1st thru Friday, December 3rd. Due to COVID please call (816) 437-7265 before dropping off your donations so we can ensure a masked staff member can greet you.
Each year we look forward to making an impact in these kids’ lives. Don’t delay, start gathering new toys today!
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