A mother and grandmother say their "prayers are answered" after Manitobans helped them donate toys to the Children's Hospital Foundation.
In 2017, Tiffany Grant's daughter, Emma-Lee Arnould died of cancer. To honour Emma, Tiffany and her mother Beverly donate toys to the Children's Hospital Foundation.
Since publishing a story about the women raising funds to give gifts, anonymous donations have brought toy drive well above its $1,000 original goal. After hearing Emma's story on Friday, a woman called Beverly and donated 11 porcelain dolls to the drive and gave the two women, and Beverly's other daughter Misty, each a bracelet.
The same day, the toy drive received a generous donation.
"At 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning my phone pinged to let me know someone had donated $1,000.00 to Emma’s toy drive through the Children’s Hospital Foundation site on Friday night," Beverly says.
The pair were concerned that they would not be able to reach their $1,000 goal, but with the donations, they have surpassed it by $325.
We were worried this year's toy drive may not be as successful as past years due to the Covid-19 shutdown in all honesty I didn’t think we would reach our goal," Beverly says. "It amazes (us) each and every day how our prayers are answered."
The group can continue to accept toy donations until Tuesday afternoon and money donations for the Children's Hospital Foundation to purchase toys until Christmas Eve.