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Sleep Train Toy Drive 120416

Dec 1, 2016|

AN INTERVIEW WITH JARRETT TOMALIN, COMMUNITY RELATIONS SUPERVISOR WITH SLEEP TRAIN, ABOUT THEIR FOSTER KIDS TOY DRIVE.

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This is microscope and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program I'm Gary blocks of this month McChrystal and like to welcome back Jarrett tumble and he's a community relations supervisor with sleep train neither Jarrett. How would go if I'm doing good how are you. Bomb grade ready for this holiday season. Yes indeed so it's sleep train is really involved both Foster kids. And you have to be a great toy drive that is happening right now right. Alia that in one of our most favorite times of the year we have our toy drive going on from now till December 18 where. You can donate a new unwrapped toy to any of our store locations. That's pretty awesome yeah it's just it's one of those where he can give back and really get in the Christmas spirit this year. What sleep train so involved in Foster kids we've we've talked him and several times a year we talk about Foster kids but why why is sleep train so involved. You know this is a car that's near and dear to our hearts from all of our employees and we realized. You know there isn't too many support programs out there for local Foster used. Com when you look around we wanted to make sure that we can make the biggest impact helping local fox she is and I think that's when it. The big things is these children come in homes with only the clothes on their backs. To be able to provide them with new issues new clothes and as we enter this holiday season with a new toy. It's just something that we wanted to provide that support to these children. Don't throughout the years to train has always sort of having some sort of drive the gym driver or denounce the toy drive. T is doing so if you're around. Yeah because the reality is take a Foster child become a dog home at any moment any time. And with the holiday season he could come in two days before Christmas and new wanna make sure that we have these items available for Foster parents. To be able to provide their children would say and when they come and home they just helped kind of he's all of that all the pressures and really comfort them on their first night it. And the donations that are gathered locally state locals are right. Dell is correctly worked with some amazing local nonprofit organizations to ensure when you donate at store level it stayed within your community. That's pretty cool. Yeah how we have some great partnerships we work with kinship house bridge the gap organ Foster parent association Morton Stanley child services so. It's one of those where we really worked to make sure donations stay local. And so many of these organizations that are local or dirt really helping a Foster kids in a variety of ways. Well they help and so many ways we have. Really a unique group of partners that we work quests. And the biggest thing is that they are able to accept these toy donations. And get them in the hands of local fox he would it's really amazing what they do. And then Niedermayer to Niedermayer and where we're hoping to make this another magical holiday season. Can you say the toy drive is going on now until when. From now until December 18 and we're looking for a new unwrapped played. Really to lead to brighten the holiday season and we're looking for donations. For toddlers to teens and boy these girls. Com we always it's always fun to get the look the little kid to place. But there's also teamed up there in new capability really can fun items whether it be some wireless headphones but gift card to give them shopping experience to. Bomb or even athletic equipment like football or basketball so. Really we're looking for donations for boys curled and all ages. It is probably agree. It's a great way to give back come back gift card. They give them the freedom to have a shopping experience to tell really what they would like so we would definitely except a gift card any of our store locations. That's good for somebody who may be one step now that they don't know quite what to lie. Exactly and you know he may be out there in as you mentioned you may not know what to pit and the gift card and a great example or you can always go online that we treat Foster to dot org. You can make a monetary donation. And it it's a really easy way to help give back if if he can't figure out. What you may wanna get a local fox T. We do to. Yeah yeah in you know we have some fun ways that you can get back I mean I think he can go out purge vitamin donated to restore. But some of the most successful events we've seen is when groups come together and host a collection drive. So whether it's your co workers having a Christmas office party we collect toys or it's a group of school kids that are collecting toys in their classroom. Com there's really fun to wait to get back. That's a great waited to appear as if your office is having a Christmas party in many offices do. Ted invites all your employees to bring something to donate that so that's a great way to do it. It's such a fun easy wave really rally is kind of that community feel and in the end you know that you're helping out with local fox street. My friends and I did that a few years ago I may have told the story before but we all got together and had a Christmas card he was friends and family do. We thought ma took thing that we don't wanna buy each other gifts that's kind of keynotes we've we've seems like we do that all the time it's gonna getting boring will have our our stuff that we like. Without won't play how about we buy it for other kids. And if by some school supplies bull wrap them up in Macomb. Relieve fun and festive and we'll get to open them lake at their present for us the more make all the all these backpacks and school supplies. A donation and we'll give them to area Foster kids I think that was a really fun thing to do. It's such a great idea and it's such a fun way to give back it's been used for college at the memorable event so it's a fun way to add your Christmas party at duke. Post your own toy drive. If you wanna just drop offs and toys had any sleep train their beer blue locations. Everywhere we're everywhere you can drop them off mom new unwrapped is what we're looking for. Andy you know it really does that make a huge difference to make an impact. I think any kid during this time a year entered their biggest concern is they take going to find me. And he talked about child he's been removed from the home from no fault of their own into the new home. Came to be able have a totally there on Christmas morning it can mean the world to themselves. Yeah we're really hoping that the community. Portland always showed up and really gives back we wanna make it another memorable year. And those Foster parents they're doing all they can and sometimes it's just they're they're able to do the basics. Yeah I knew little. They do receive expected however. That they not come for another month or two months and even then it's a very little compared to what it cost to raise a child. So while the jury she respected it just it's there's so much from clothing from food. Athletics and other classes that may be involved that. We want to make sure we match how the ride they can military nonprofit partner and pick up a toy for their local Foster is. And there's nothing worked sending and singing kid smile when they get them. But Christmas gift. Oh the joy that it brings and really at this is this another way to help kind of teaching your kids how to give back this holiday season as well. You know aids it's good to give back and you can teach your kid while your out Christmas shopping. More you're going to the mall you can have maybe a couple item that you would like to pick up bored easily treated bosque has program. Yeah early in that kids around and a great resource your kids may be absolutely zero own sons and daughters. It should build they'll have the best ideas of what kids really want this year. My notes and pens the shuttle to figure out what's what in this year what do kids who want bail our great resource Q if you are looking to donate bring your kids along and make it a fun experience. Delegates say it's OA's food and that the little our kids seem to be easier to shop for but the teenagers but Camille Little difficult because there's. There's just so many new things out there of the teenagers are interested and so by the teenager in your life and take him shopping with him. Yeah eight years so correct an error there's some really great way to get back while it may not the guy that's fun toy W I'll. On their MP3 players weren't mentioned wireless headphones. There's digital cameras they're all sort items they can go during their they're pretty highly disturbed that you confine. Get a good deal of pick up a couple of these items and you'll help for the older he does well. And I suppose. Maybe even clothing would be a good option. Clothing and the good option we are on our Twitter bay. Didn't really we will accept all items throughout the strive and it's going from mount still until December 18. We really recommend that you can't keep these donations in as early as possible it just helps us be able to count sore and get them back out to local pharmacy. Yeah how does the asleep train Santa get all those things out. We have a lot of elves that are helping hand. They get together and at the age healthy items sort the items. We have our great nonprofit partners that we were quick to ensure. These toys are out before Christmas time and obviously we need your help as far as getting the donation before December 18. But it will let you know we never turn I don't nationally so even if it comes after the time we will not turn your donation away and will work to get out into the hands of local coffee. Can you tell us and that how involved every employee of sleep train gets in in order drives. Everybody had a hand in this program come from our skilled side where they're greeting the customer they're helping educate in spread awareness about our program. To our operations workers who are hoping to help sort. I pick up the items from the stores. And from our corporate and which is involved in getting advertising to spread awareness out there you're really making sure all the back and items are secure yourself. Is they cause that is near and dear to our hearts and really this is whenever busiest times of year. And there's over nearly 20000 offshoot in the northwest. And now we're looking to make a big impact in the Portland area. 20000 my goodness. Yeah it's quite a few so you know if we can get that gold could. You know provided to play for each child that would be the ultimate goal. Talking today with a during Tomlin community relations supervisor with sleep train but you're you've been working loosely train for quite some time now. Gibson good stories you do Cherilus. You know I can nab and went sixteen for five years now and I think the biggest story that I can say is. On the in this first year and we went to AA holiday party with a number nonprofit Foster care partners. And whatever really struck me these three Brothers all holding hands. You know going around and really haven't had their lives decorating Christmas cookies making little ornaments and they had a great time. And you come to find out that the three Brothers. And Foster care system. There in three separate homes. And this is one of the time that they get to spend together throughout the year and win that. When I heard that that's when those things that it really hit me that. You wanna make this as magical as possible and for whatever child's experience may be forever whatever. Wherever they come from it's to no fault of their own and we want to make sure that we can just bring a smile to their face on this Christmas morning. Looks nice yeah. They've we've image doesn't really great experience this. It's been a creek it's really been a great experience throughout the years to come along with that we have some great community partners as you mentioned outstretched. The community has made this program so successful especially during our toy drive. How is 2016 bit and. 2016 has been an amazing year far Foster kids program. Com we have to assure wrong that I have bosque has partnered all throughout the actually stayed at organs that alpha kit items out to local Foster youth. A former page and the drive which really kicks off 2016. To our school supply drive our toy drive we've had a great response and down you know I just said before that the community has stepped up. So much to make this program is way is what it can be and help local Austria. Now I have to ask with a toy drive going on where do you guys store released to his. All we as Santa's workshop one of her warehouses. Where all these toys that come and we we transport them into our warehouse we tell and sort the items and we get them now well advanced Christmas to make sure that. These false teeth have. Toll before the holiday season and for the Christmas Day. The somebody's making an online donation can knew of set our minds of these and everything is safe and secure. Yeah how we have a great let's face betraying Foster to dot org you can go learn more about our program learn more about our partners and also make a donation on line. We also have fun ways to kind of help you post your own drives. But if you donate online that money dedicate again to where you're located so. We provide donation back toward non profit posture partners. And they can also really usage no let's talk she'd want if it's gift card to get specific items. They can help make those donations. Really give backed the policies they served. And also make it more specific there's any kind of specifically should that that posse might have. If someone was to donate online today is that money going to be used for them for toys and they and Christmas time items. Yet any any donation that is she made during our drive time is dedicated toward that drive. So we encourage you again earlier the better we can help get it out much sooner and really really appreciate whether it's an in store donation horn homeland nomination both to make a huge impact. There when you have the money from online donations are do you personally get to go on and go shopping. You know you dispute that at one point we used to actually go out and dad going to the stores pick up all these items. Believe found. Really it's best if we provided directly toward nonprofit partner because as mentioned before. They sometimes know the specific request that child may have. So pool for fun but currently we we just dedicate the money to the nonprofit organization. Got an okay. And talked to start him a bit more about hold it somebody can host their own drive. Yet there's a and dimension of course we try posture dot org has great tools actually I did its own outlook to drag section march PG EU. On track how he can make the successful did you see ample post for your FaceBook or email. Com and really it's as simple as getting your group together whether it. City club that your and your coworkers. It's really getting together and saying okay we're gonna have a party if everybody brings a new unwrapped toy. While this collection bin and we'd love pictures if you wanted to get picture of this. It's a great way I like how you're giving back in the community. And really how working you collect the items you can drop them off that you're in your sleep train stored will make sure we get them in the local community self. It's a really funny easy way to get back can make it is detailed you want or you can make it simple you want but either way you're gonna make it back to. If you do go to sleep train Foster kids dot org that you even have simple email you can send out to your friends and family in O workers. I get great you know it's so easy. Yeah we try to make it as simple as possible. Com we have our poster are our secrets in a Twitter poster that you can print off put on your collection barrel com we have all of that their free time highly recommend. Even if you're gonna do an in store donation teacher apple let that there's some great resources on there. And of course share of all over your social media sites absolutely. At the degree thing. Yeah social media who works with virtually well for that sort of stuff. Yes it's a great tool and again there's there's evaluate temple post. And I mentioned you know content posture but argued would host an online monetary drive so we have an option to host a personal campaign where. Basically you set up. Your own drive through our web site and it can be all monetary donations so you can share through social media. They could be. Jerry it's. Toy drive donation and you basically and that leaned out and people can make whatever donation they feel. And again it's a fun way to get involved an easy way to get involved. Yeah you know I'm just clicking around the web so right now and there's. Little logo Hillis says when an iPad mini. That is correct we do I'm glad you brought that up. So it gave very final contest we have going on I believe this is our third year doing next if you make a donation in store. Snap a photo of yourself and upload it to this big change FaceBook page. On your in the running to win that I've had many sell. It said just a little incentive for the holiday season if you give we wanna give me an opportunity to get. When something fun and really highly recommend that if you make it soar in sort of nation snap a picture and send our way. We're talking again today woods era Tomlin community relations supervisor was sleep train. The jets what are these donations so important. These two later donations are so important because. These children can no fault of their on had been removed. From their home winning only the clothes on their back. You know as far as Torre's. Tila had these donations at a time for the Foster parents to have available. It just can bring that smile he can kind of ease the stress of the holiday season. And really it's it's a warm welcome into a new home and we're here because we want to make sure that we make it easy as possible for a nonprofit Foster organizations and Foster parents to provide. These toys for them. Because the Foster parents who name but it's a bit per quick process for them to write. Oh yes they did receive a call a dimension he could be. Certainly to our deport between four hours before and eat with our partnerships Mickey easy because they can access these in kind donations released late. Come once a child you know really is placed in their home they can. He's like that nonprofit trust your partner. Q did the items that you received from our drives in the it's it's great partnerships and it really helps get back to local spots you. Yeah it's kind of helps soon show that we all have these Foster parent Max. Absolutely Davies gave freely. Com we can do without our community without our Foster care partners and most of all about these Foster parents. Let's talk some more about the types of donations that would be really great this time of year. All day and there's so many out there there's so many great deals. Com and a mission to forward looking for boys or girls Lagos are huge for the ten under twelve and under. Gay troops from Boyd I think he would girl she can look at some fun kits weather is separate from making kids sort dolls. On the you get a little bit ordered some basketball and football those are always. Fun. And for the older kids you know there's. Many options obviously electronics are great a great option but gift cards make a great. Donation items well. Oh yeah gift cards that the that's a great idea. Oh yeah right each and no except that any store locations so if you have some gift card you'd like Downey. Just pretty drop off by any of our store locations and we'd gladly accept those as well. In their teen girls and even some preteen girls are really into crafting these days. Absolutely there's so many crafting kicked out there that on May really makes a a fun gift. And we talked about this before but it's really it's really fun to do your kids involved. Your kids can sometimes how the U best idea of what other kids would want or even maybe if it's something that's on their wishlists. Concert he would want to. Yeah that's a that's a great thing to teach your children. To take him out to about shopping and explained on what's going on. You know this is the holiday season ended the season of giving it's a great way to set an example for your kids that. While they will be receiving items this. You know polity he did they can also learn how to get back and that is a fun experience that you guys can do together and really make an impact. For local foxy. Do you think you get more items for younger kids. We get many items. For younger years but we always hear from our nonprofit posture partners. They really need items for older he its teams that are twelve and up boys and girls of all. Com so it's funny admitted to get some of those Dalton really cute too late. He can make huge impact to get some of these older. All their toys trichet. Whether BC. MP3 player or digital camera or. I'd gain that remain like it's there's there's some options for the golden years. As are kind of winding down and 2016 what does sleep train have in store for 2017. 2017 gonna be another amazing year obviously I'll will be collecting donations in store for. Multiple different tribes will have fire pit him address starting in January. And of course are the jam mobile will be back again itself come naturally to kick off the year but our our goal is to continue to get as many donations as possible help local Foshee. And continue working with the navy partners that we do. You can keep it up familiar the best keep it up in the heat our goals from this last year. We had an amazing turn out this year and I just hope they can see that not all year. So if if we wanna be if we do wanted him to participate in the toy drive. We go on my toy and we can take it to any sleep train stores are right. Yeah I'll give you a 33 scenario that you can do you can pick up a play and drop off at any store location. You could go to sleep train Foster dot org make a donation online. Or you can really get in the Christmas spirit and culture own collection drive where you do your coworkers together your your crew Cirque club that your hand. And how the group collection of toll that you can drop off that any sleep train location are totally drivers going from now till December 18. Got to go just a little bit of time to do some shopping. Yet we know last few weeks setting them on. Right on track to give my donations and as well. Awesome so how's your holiday season doing. It is going well on the one of our busiest times of the year for the program and again we love it gets us in the holiday spirit and just excited to continue making a big impact. About you about them get well calypso more time where people can get more information. Yep for more information you can visit beach and Foster star award. It's got information about our program our partners in how you can give back. Excellent well let's talk with a toy drive and you guys are doing great work and you're gonna keep doing great work. I'll thank you so much we appreciate your guy is sported a lot. Dirt Colin community relations supervisor with sleep train picks are being limited scope thank you. Microscope is an Entercom radio Portland public affairs program I'm Gary blocks. If you have a nonprofit or public affairs organization that you'd like to let others know about you can email me my email address is microscope at inter com dot com. Remember inter com certain and he. 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