FAQs

Who does Mason’s Toy Box Currently Serve?

Through the generous donations of our community members, Mason’s Toy Box hopes to expand our services to as many facilities within the United States possible in the future.

 

WHO WE CURRENTLY SERVE

  • University of Virginia Children’s Hospital
  • Children and families of the Charlottesville Ronald McDonald House
  • Occasional special request from homebound children in Charlottesville, Richmond and surrounding cities
  • VCU Children’s Hospital of Richmond
  • VCU Rehabilitation Center of Richmond
  • St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital
  • The Doorways
  • Children and families of the Richmond Ronald McDonald House
  • World Pediatric Project

 

Where can I find Mason’s Toy Box drop off locations?

Mason’s Toy Box has a variety of drop off locations throughout the Charlottesville and Richmond area. You can find a drop box location near you by using our interactive map at (link here)

 

How do I become a Mason’s Toy Box toy drop location?

It is easy to get involved as a drop location. Please email masonstoybox@gmail.com with interest. We will contact you promptly and offer you the option of having a box delivered to you, or designing a box with your own sense of flair and creativity to be posted on our social media site. (Self-designed boxes must include a Mason’s Toy Box flier).

 

What toys should I get?

There are children of all ages and interest hospitalized. Variety is necessary since there are so many children of different ages that are hospitalized at the time of delivery. We have posted a few guidelines below for your reference. The most important thing to remember is that all toys must be NEW & UNWRAPPED.

 

Guidelines to Help Ensure Safety and Infection Prevention

  • All toys and stuffed animals must be new and unwrapped.
  • Handmade items, like blankets and scarves, must be washed before delivery in an allergen free detergent and come from a smoke-free environment. Email masonstoybox@gmail.com with any specific questions about handmade donations.
  • Recommended age labeling should be used as a guide. Read safety messages on packaging.
  • Toys must be non-toxic.
  • Toys promoting violence are not appropriate.
  • Toys must be sturdy. Avoid toys that can break, leaving sharp edges.
  • Toys with numerous small parts that require close supervision are not appropriate.
  • Fire regulations prohibit electrical, spark-producing or friction-producing toys.
  • DVD’s must be rated G, PG or PG-13.
  • Rubber/latex balloons are not allowed inside the hospitals.

 

Gift List Ideas

Infant and toddler Rattles and squeeze toys, stackable rings, sound and light soothers, gym mats, Crib Activity Center, musical crib mobile (no cloth) with bed rail clamp, music boxes, Click ‘n Chatter Telephone, Baby Einstein DVD’s and toys, Baby’s First Blocks and Play Gym, non-breakable infant crib mirrors that clip onto a rail, pop-up toys, Fisher Price Little People, plastic links to hang rattles on crib, plain “onesies” (clothing item), teething rings (no cloth), toys that light up or make noise, and batteries.
School Age

(3-8 years)

Play-Doh, Lego Duplo Blocks, Little Tykes toys, touch books, Baby Einstein products, blowing bubbles, Fisher Price play medical kit, cars and trucks, non-toxic paint/brushes, plastic cars and animals, plastic food, Mr. Potato Head, Big Wheels, coloring books, big crayons, clothing items (underwear, socks, t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, etc.), and batteries.
School age

(9-13 years)

Legos, Barbie’s, markers, puzzles, Magna Doodle, Games: Monopoly Junior, Sorry, Connect Four, Guess Who, LIFE, Trouble, Apples to Apples, Checkers, small trucks, Crayola art kits, coloring books and crayons, jewelry kits with beads, G & PG DVD’s, action figures, superhero toys, hand held games, Wii games, PlayStation 3 & 4 games, Xbox 360 & ONE games, Nintendo DS & 3DS games, non-toxic paint/brushes, “I Spy” books, harmonicas, clothing items (underwear, socks, t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, etc.), and batteries.
Adolescents

(13-18+ years)

Gift cards (iTunes, Target, Wal-Mart), Loom bracelet kits and extra rubber band packs, large-sized blankets, card games (UNO, Scrabble Slam, Monopoly Deal), Jenga, Taboo, Scattegories, Rummikub, playing cards, model kits, craft kits (no sand), plastic picture frames for decorating, sharpies, decorative duct tape, non-toxic paint/paint brushes, canvases, sketch pads, drawing & charcoal pencils, word search and crossword puzzles, hair accessories, PG-13 DVD’s, handheld games, cosmetics (hand lotion, body sponges, soaps), journals, NERF footballs and other sport balls, sports equipment, nail polish, Wii boy/girl games, PlayStation 3 & 4 boy/girl games, Xbox 360 & ONE boy/girl games, Nintendo DS & 3DS boy/girl games, phone chargers (iPhone, Android, Samsung), clothing items (underwear, socks, t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, etc.), and batteries.

 

Are there any unacceptable items?

All items must be new and unwrapped. We cannot accept previously loved toys (used) for infection control purposes. All stuffed toys must have tags and be new. We cannot accept R rated movies, anything that promotes tobacco, alcohol, drug use, or illicit or illegal activities.

 

Are gently used toys OK to donate to Mason’s Toy Box?

As much as we’d love to accept your generous donation of previously owned/used gifts, we as a community have an obligation to protect the health of the children we serve through Mason’s Toy Box. Due to the risk of spreading germs, allergens, and other potential contaminants, hospitals and long term care facilities do not allow used toys.  

Local Thrift Stores, Churches, Daycares, Libraries and Online yard sales are great alternatives for donating gently used toys.  

 

Is Mason’s Toy Box a nonprofit organization?

Yes, Mason’s Toy Box Foundation, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. There are currently no paid employees or consultants for Mason’s Toy Box.

 

Can I deduct my donation from my taxes?

Yes, donors may deduct contributions made to Mason’s Toy Box Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) public charity.

 

Where do cash donations go?

Cash donations received by Mason’s Toy Box support the mission of the organization. All prior marketing material (compliments of various local businesses) and MTB website design (compliments of Redmond Creative, Inc.) has been generously donated to Mason’s Toy Box. With the exception of minimal administrative expenses, cash donations are utilized to serve our recipients directly through gift purchase.

 

Why Should I Become a Corporate Sponsor?

  • All business sponsorships that support Mason’s Toy Box do so because they believe in the power of being a positive corporate entity and supporting the needs of our community members.
  • Corporate Sponsorship provides a great means of broadening your competitive edge by improving your company’s image, prestige and credibility by supporting local charities that are attractive to their target market.
  • Sponsoring local charities provides assistance and support to the members of your community in addition to serving as a relatively inexpensive way to boost profits, establish good will, and enhance your company’s public profile.

 

What Are Some Benefits to Event Sponsorship?

  • Sponsorship events can be especially effective as a marketing tool because of the potential for access to a wide range of audiences, such as decision makers in businesses, government entities, and of most importantly, their customers.
  • Event sponsorship provides businesses an avenue to relate directly with their customers while providing an opportunity for their customers to sample company products firsthand.
  • In comparison, marketing research methods (such as focus groups) are usually costly and may not focus on the right kind of people, while market surveys or questionnaires usually do not allow prospective customers the opportunity to try out products.
  • Event sponsorship heightens visibility due to positive publicity through media channels and can be one of the most effective marketing tools. Every company benefits by seeking the widest exposure possible through both print and electronic media. This publicity increases the visibility of the company’s products and services.
  • Various media channels covering the event typically include the names, and even pictures of the event sponsors. This kind of mass media coverage for sponsors is usually unaffordable when purchased directly.

 

Can I sponsor a child who is not in the hospital?

It is possible to sponsor a child (and their siblings or parents if you choose). Mason’s Toy Box has established and maintained close partnerships with the Ronald McDonald House of Richmond and Charlottesville, The Hospitality House of Richmond, and the World Pediatric Organization locally. The children (and their parents & siblings) who reside in these facilities are usually long term residents and very much in need of your support. Mason’s Toy Box allows these families the opportunity to communicate their most desired gifts and requests they provide “Santa” with a wish list for the sick child, their siblings, and their parents. Through the generosity of our community, it has been made possible and common practice for Mason’s Toy Box to have “Santa” fulfill these requests which provide joy and laughter during an extremely difficult journey. These children battling illness/injury (siblings and parents) are available for you to sponsors directly through our website. You can read more about each child’s journey through Mason’s Toy Box sponsorship link (link here).  

 

How do I become a Mason’s Toy Box volunteer?

You can complete a volunteer application through Mason’s Toy Box by simply visiting (link to volunteer page).  Here you will find a more descriptive role of volunteers and specific volunteer roles Mason’s Toy Box is seeking to fill. If you have additional questions about volunteering, you may contact our volunteer coordinator directly via email @ volunteermtb@gmail.com

 

How Can I Host An Event?

Whether it is on the golf course through your local business, school or church; remembering or honoring a loved one’s birthday, wedding, or anniversary; building a culture of philanthropy with your children, students, colleagues, or friends; you have the power to help Mason’s Toy Box provide for families within your community who have a child battling illness/disease. Everything helps and anyone has the power to make a difference in the lives of families facing adversity and funding for childhood cancer research. For more information on how to host an event, you may contact our Event Coordinator directly via email @ mtbevents@gmail.com.

 

Can I Help Deliver The Toys?

Mason’s Toy Box relies on the work of many “elves” to deliver community donations to hospitalized children and their families. We are always seeking “elves” to assist with assembly and delivery of empty donation boxes, box locations scouts, as well as willing and able “elves” to pick up full donation boxes from various locations and deliver them to a centralized location. There is also a need for “muscle elves” that are able to lift full donation boxes on and off of our sleigh for multiple deliveries. Ultimately, only a selected number of “elves” can personally assist with the delivery of toys to hospitalized children, but as our donations increase, so does our need to “elf up” our delivery crew. If interested in personally delivering toys with MTB “elves”, you must meet certain criteria and make a request through our volunteer coordinator directly via email @ mtbvolunteer@gmail.com. Due to HIPPA compliance, many facilities require a demographic list of volunteers in advance.

 

Delivery “elves” with direct exposure to hospitalized patients must meet the requirements listed below: Must have a flu shot.

  • Must be able to pass a background check if required.
  • Cannot have any type of immunodeficiency.
  • Cannot exhibit any symptoms of illness.
  • Cannot have a contagious disease or illness.
  • Cannot take personal photographs while volunteering (unless permission is granted by MTB board member).
  • Volunteers agree to maintain the privacy of the patients and families at all times.