PUEBLO – On Saturday, Trunks for Tots, a non-profit focused on raising money to buy toys for children who have to spend their holidays in the hospital, dropped off thousands of dollars in toys.
The group, co-founded by a member of the Colorado Dodge Challenger’s Club, was joined this year by Pueblo’s Mountain Mopar club. Together, club members led a procession of sports cars through Pueblo that ended at Parkview Medical Center.
“[I] just got off the phone with Parkview,” Baker said excitedly on Saturday morning, “and I think they’re going to be a little overwhelmed with how much we’re showing up with.”
Trunks for Tots started when his daughter made a simple Christmas request.
“And she basically said, ‘I want to know what it’s like to give back,'” Baker continued.
So, that year, Baker quickly raised money and used it to deliver a backseat full of toys to hospitalized children.
This year, “We actually ran out of space,” Baker said happily.
Which meant delivery was something memorable.
“This is the largest delivery that I have seen,” commented hospital staff.
In fact, there were so many toys, that the hospital believes they might be able to distribute the donation to kids for an entire year.
“I hope that we can give them something that they will enjoy and [that it will] take away some of the pain that they have,” stated Benjamin Montez, president of the Mountain Mopar club.
“They don’t ask for this kind of stuff, they don’t ask for these diseases, so it’s just something that we can do to give back to these kids to make their lot in life just a little bit easier,” commented Brian Hefner, a member of the board of directors for Trunks for Tots.
Looking to the future,Baker hopes to expand the non-profit, hoping to see it reach farther across the state and maybe beyond.
You can keep up with Trunks for Tots on their FACEBOOK PAGE.