American Mechanical Saint Mary’s Christmas Drive

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Saint Mary’s Home for Children in Norfolk has been caring for children since 1944, when it was first started as an orphanage for children. Since then, it has evolved into a residential care facility that provides round the clock care for Virginia children with severe physical and intellectual disabilities from babies all the way up to 21 year old young adults. Some of these children were born with disabilities, while others may have experienced traumatic and life changing experiences that have left their family members unable to provide care. Saint Mary’s provides a bright and beautiful building and wonderful caregivers to provide these children an opportunity to grow as an individual – to be respected, listened to, and loved. American Mechanical loves what Saint Mary’s does for children, and provides donations monthly to support their cause.

Every Christmas we ramp things up in the office with a toy drive for Saint Mary’s, and we would like to invite our local community to attend and give back to those who give so much to kids in our area. Our office has a tree set up to receive donations, and while this has always been held by employees, we wanted to ask that our customers if they would like to participate in sharing the spirit of Christmas by dropping off a gift.

We will be delivering all gifts on December 20th, 2017. Saint Mary’s asks that all gifts be unwrapped or placed in gift bags that the children can easily open. Donations can be scheduled individually by calling Carmen Gerena at 757-622-2208 ext 304 or cgerena@smhdc.org if you would prefer to donate in person. Please note, they cannot accept stuffed animals, items made from chenille (respiratory problems), bicycles, or clothing with sequins or other embellishments. 

WISH LIST:

Bandannas, batteries, current music and DVDs, gardening supplies, family memberships to local museums or venues, light rail tickets, mp3 players, small speakers, movie tickets, musical keyboards, portable dvd players, removable wall decals and posters, vibrating mats, vetch brand toys, large book bags/ messenger bags, camisoles, clothing girls S-XL, hair accessories, jewelry, nightgowns and pjs, pants with elastic waistbands, shelf bra undershirts, small storage bins for personal items, toiletries, trendy outfits, flavored chapsticks, brown paper bags, construction supplies, cotton balls, finger paint, finger glue, washable paint, paint brushes, glue sticks and dots, large markers, photo albums and paper, poster board, sticky back foam sheets, wiggle eyes, cars with push buttons on top, v neck t shirts, electric razors, gift cards to local stores (target, Walmart, rite aid, various restaurants, bounce house, Claires, bowling, JC Penney, itunes etc)