Weston siblings collect toy donations for Yale New Haven Hospital

Posted: Updated:
WESTON -

A trio of siblings from Weston collected 500 toy donations for the Toy Closet at Yale New Haven Hospital in just three months.

Owen, 10, Emmy, 8, and 4-year-old Evan began their collection by asking family and friends for donations instead of birthday gifts back in May.

At such young ages, the Bernheim siblings have already made such a huge impact on their community.

With help from their parents on social media, the cause gained lots of recognition. One donation came from as far as Qatar.

The family tells News 12 Connecticut that the inspiration for collecting donations came from Owen and his experience with receiving toy gifts after a life-saving brain surgery at just 8 months old and 12 MRIs since then.

"It was obviously very nerve wrecking, and when Owen had to go for the MRIs, he had to get sedated all the time so he'd come out of the sedation and be not feeling that great,” said Owen’s father, Eric. “So when we were walking out of the hospital and he got a toy, it always put a smile on his face."

The toys are set to go out for delivery on Sept. 10, and he family is accepting donations until then.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."