Firefighter Donates 600 Toys to CHaD
Hopes to Make Another Donation
LEBANON, NH--For kids undergoing hospital treatment, having as normal a life as possible is a key to their recovery. Thanks to Claremont businessman and call firefighter Nick Koloski, a truckload of toys is helping make things a little more normal for kids at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD).
Koloski, himself a former patient at CHaD, recently organized delivery of some 600 toys to CHaD. Koloski used his annual firefighter’s stipend and contributions from the community to get the toys for the contribution.
“I remember the very scary experience [of being in the hospital] and the only relief I got was being able to go to the toy room and having a field day playing with whatever toys were there,” said Koloski. “This is something I’ve always wanted to do.” Koloski owns and operates Time-Out Americana Grill in Claremont with his mother, Mary. They are well known in the community for giving back on a regular basis, from collecting fresh and canned food that is made available to anyone in need to providing community dinners, especially around the holidays. Space at the restaurant is often provided for fundraisers as well.
CHaD’s Amie Marsh said the donation will supply the toy shelves at CHaD for six to nine months. “We use toys to help normalize our patients’ day, to give them encouragement and play, and a sense of comfort while they are away from their home,” she said. “Our patients will have smiles for miles because of all the amazing toys, stuffed animals and games he donated.”
Professional firefighters from the Claremont Department, Jim Chamberlain, William Hardy, Jr., and Scott Kenniston, helped deliver the toys to CHaD. Springfield GMC provided the truck to make the donation.
Koloski is already planning on another toy collection. “I’m working on putting together a live music event after learning 600 toys will only last six to eight months,” he said. “That is simply not good enough, so I plan to do more.”