Cole’s Closet was created in 2002 by Ellen and Steve Tomczyk after they lost their six-month old son to an undiagnosed disease. The Tomczyk’s spent four months in and out of area hospitals. They witnessed first hand the anxiety and fear families face when a child is hospitalized.
Ellen and Steve wanted to do something to ease their own pain and to help other families in similar situations. They began with a toy drive at a family holiday party one year after Cole passed away. Since then they have donated over 16,000 new toys to area hospitals. The toys are distributed throughout the year to special children like Cole and their siblings.
“Closets” filled with toys are currently putting smiles on children’s faces at:
Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children (IFHC) • Inova Fair Oaks • Virginia Hospital Center • Shady Grove Adventist Hospital • Inova Loudoun Hospital • Georgetown University Hospital Center • Potomac Hospital
Toy Drop Off Locations:
Crystal City Shops
1750 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
Monday – Friday 10A.M. – 2P.M. or by appointment.
Contact Lee Downing, 703.922.4636 or Brenda Davis 703.413.7214.
Telegraph Self Storage
8935 Telegraph Road
Lorton, VA 22079
Gather your neighbors, co-workers, or family members together and hold your own toy drive. All toys will be given to children at hospitals in the Baltimore/Washington Metropolitan Area. Please email Chip Gilliland for more information on organizing your own toy drive.