This is our Mission each day at Anderson’s. We are proud of our teammates who are committed to serving our guests by that mission when they are at work. We also have been honored to work with many teammates who choose to exemplify this mission in their daily lives, outside of Anderson’s.
One such Mission Maker is Michaela Kowalick, an alumni Guest Server from our West Amherst store. In 2007 she singlehandedly started a Toy Drive in her neighborhood for the Christmas holiday. She couldn’t envision what it would be like to have a child wake up on the holiday and not have a new toy to open and enjoy. She created flyers, knocked on doors and rallied friends, family and neighbors to support her mission. The toy drive has become an annual project and has over the last 6 years, donated hundreds of toys to Women’s & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Haven House, & St Christopher’s Outreach, Tonawanda.
This is our 4th year partnering with Michaela in the Toy Drive which will benefit area children via the Western New York Heroes program. The mission of the WNY Heroes is to provide veterans, members of the armed services, and widows & children of deceased veterans with access to essential services, resources and support. In the last 4 years, our awesome guests have donated over 2400 toys to the kids!!
We are asking you, our guest to please help us again this year in Giving & Creating Smiles to these WNY children this holiday season. Please consider donating a new, unwrapped Toy appropriate for ages 12 and under.
It will be our pleasure to give to you a Dessert Dollar certificate as a thank you for donating a toy.
Toys will be collected at our 6 Erie County Anderson’s locations Nov 12 thru December 8.
|picture shown: Michaela and the hundreds of Toys being delivered to WNY Heroes Founder Chris Krieger|