Mickey’s Fund sends toys from Steamboat to cheer patients in Denver’s Children’s Hospital
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty and Wells Fargo Bank again are collecting toys this year to take to Denver’s Children’s Hospital on behalf of Moose Barrow’s Mickey’s Fund.
Barrows said this week that thanks to a mild weekend Dec. 8 and 9 and the generosity of a Harley Davidson motorcycle club, the toy drive is off to a great start.
Barrows began the fund in memory of his son, Mickey, who spent three years at the hospital with a heart condition. After Mickey’s death at age 3, Barrows received money from sympathetic friends and family. He put the money into the Mickey Barrows Memorial Trust and used it to purchase Christmas toys for children at the hospital.
The annual toy drive collects more than 3,000 toys every year for children and families who will be spending their holiday season in the hospital.
Eileen Allen, senior financial adviser at Wells Fargo in Steamboat, said she has traveled for several years now to the annual event at Children’s Hospital.
“Families that have a child in the hospital at Christmas come down to (a) room that is literally filled with piles of unwrapped gifts sorted by age,” Allen wrote in an email. “These families that are dealing with a sick child and the expenses, take home this huge bag of gifts and truly the good thoughts from all of the people who thought of them and donated these toys, and they feel so grateful.”
Barrows recalled his motivation for starting the fund: Mickey had a medical procedure performed at Children’s about five months before he died and right before Christmas.
“He was worried about all his friends at the hospital and that Santa wouldn’t know they were there,” Barrows recalled.
New, unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty in Wildhorse Plaza through Dec. 20 and at Wells Fargo through Dec. 18, Barrows said. Donations also are welcome, and checks can be made out to Mickey’s Fund.
Barrows said the toy drive, which has expanded in the Denver area throughout the years, collects an astounding number of stuffed animals. However, there is sometimes a short supply of toys and similar gifts for 8- to 12-year-olds.
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