The two-week drive gathered hundreds of toys, in addition to diapers, to aid children in war-torn Ukraine.
Lisa Marie Farver | Patch Staff
WOODRIDGE, IL — Community members donated hundreds of toys and other items during a recent toy drive organized by Hummingbird Pediatric Therapies to aid children in war-torn Ukraine.
The two-week donation drive was held at the Woodridge and Westmont branches of Hummingbird Pediatric Therapies. The efforts were organized with the help of Rep. Deanne Mazzochi.
In all 15 boxes of toys and diapers were collected and will be shipped to Ukraine via air cargo to help children and who have been displaced from their homes. The toys included stuffed animals, coloring books, crayons, balls and more.
"It's our hope that these toys will give Ukrainian children a little light in the midst of an incredibly difficult time," Hummingbird Pediatric Therapies owner Christina Scalise-Morrissey said in a news release.
Scalise-Morrissey added, "Thank you to our Hummingbird community – our families and friends – who worked quickly to donate and ship hundreds of items to these precious kids."
Woodridge, IL – Over the weekend, more than 200 people gathered in Woodridge to tour and celebrate the opening of Hummingbird Pediatric Therapies’ second location. The 11,000 square foot pediatric therapy center is equipped with state of the art and professionally designed rock-climbing walls, gyms, and more.
“Hummingbird Pediatric Therapies offers the most comprehensive pediatric therapy services and support for families in the Chicagoland area,” said owner Christina Scalise-Morrissey. “Now, with locations in Westmont and Woodridge, we will be able to provide greater access to care for kids and families.”
Since expanding to Westmont in 2017, Hummingbird’s team has grown by 10x and now has over 40 team members. Hummingbird’s offerings and support includes: Hummingbird Children's Academy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, feeding therapy, developmental therapy, counseling, parent child coaching, sensory integration, hippotherapy, handwriting without tears, interactive metronome, aquatic therapy, therapeutic listening and more.