Nathan Bird is a meat department employee at the Utica Ridge Hy-Vee in Davenport, Iowa. He also has a passion for giving and helping others.
His most recent effort is something he’s been hoping to pull off for a long time. With help from Hy-Vee, Bird organized a toy drive to benefit the families at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
“We kicked off the toy drive on Friday, January 19, with an interview with two popular local radio personalities and a 53-foot semitrailer,” Bird said. “The response was huge. I have so many toys – my car is full, my wife’s car is full, our house is full. I had to ask coworkers to start helping house the toys until our donation day.”
The big day is February 27. Bird and “hopefully a convoy of vehicles” will make the trek from Davenport to Iowa City and bring smiles – and pizzas – to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.
“Between the giving spirit of Quad Citians and the popularity of the Hawkeye Wave, we’ve been able to knock this toy drive out of the park,” Bird said. “I can’t wait to see the faces of the kids.”
To keep up with the effort, follow the Stead Family Children’s Hospital Toy Drive on Facebook.