Belmont basketball team hosts toy drive for children in need - WKRN News 2

Belmont basketball team hosts toy drive for children in need

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The women's basketball team at Belmont University is hoping to spread some holiday cheer through a toy drive for hospitalized children.

The team is hosting the drive to benefit patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University, as well as other children through the Salvation Army.

The student athletes first reached out to contacts they have made throughout their time at Belmont to ask for donations.

They then used that money to purchase a ton of toys themselves, ahead of the drive for the public.

"I think it's important for [the team] to understand that their value is so much more than ‘student athlete' and to be able to help out the community through the contacts that they have gained, and help needy families, need children, at such a special time of the year," said coach Cameron Newbauer. 

Now, they are asking for the public to donate new, unwrapped toys to help the cause.

The hospital said they are mostly in need of the following items:

- Fisher Price medical kits
- Small Lego sets
- Infant and toddler light and sound toys
- All-in-one craft kits
- Gifts for teens
- Tactile toys for all ages

They are also in need of the following clothing items for infants through teenagers:

- Pajama sets
- Elastic waist sweat pants or leggings
- Short-sleeve shirts
- Long-sleeve shirts
- Sweat shirts

The girls plan to deliver the toys and clothing to the hospital on Friday while spending time with the children.

"We are going to go over the hospital and give all the kids their toys, spend some time with them, and get to meet them. I know we're all really looking forward to that. It's going to be special moment for all of us," said Molly Ernst, a senior at Belmont and shooting guard for the team.

Donations can be dropped off until the end of the day Thursday at the Athletic Department office inside the Curb Event Center at 2002 Belmont Boulevard.

Toys can also be donated Thursday night at the women's basketball game versus Georgia.  The game begins at 7 p.m.

"We'd love for fans to come out and not just support our team, but also the local children of Nashville," Newbauer added.

Fans who donate a toy will be eligible to receive the group ticket discount of $3 for adults and $1 for children. 

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