Military Volunteers Deliver Toys to Children

3 years 1 week 3 days ago September 20, 2013 Sep 20, 2013 Friday, September 20 2013 Friday, September 20, 2013 6:06:00 PM CDT in News
By: Miranda Craig, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Whiteman Air Force Base volunteers donated toys and time to the children at the MU Women's and Children's Hospital Friday.

Click here to see photo gallery.

The effort was the result of a conversation between Tech Sergeant Michael Vacca and his 6-year-old son, which Vacca called inspiring.

It came after the boy had been in the hospital. "My son said to me, ‘Dad, I would have liked a visit from you.'"

Vacca said he thought, "I should do something for those kids."

After contacting MU Women's and Children's Hospital to set the date for a visit, Vacca gathered members of his community to plan for the toy drive.

"I started making calls and getting contacts," Vacca said. "We only had 12 days to do it."

Many of the volunteers came from Whiteman Air Force Base. They began toy drives and asking for monetary donations.

"The donations really surprised me," said Vacca. "We had so many volunteers that we actually had to turn some away, but it was how the community came together and contributed that really surprised me."

Veteran's United purchased $1,000 worth of toys.

Presley Stacey, a 7-year-old girl from Ashgrove who welcomed the military visitors received a new set of princess dress up gear.

Stacey was one of more than 20 children visited in various sections of the hospital, including the Intensive Care Unit.

"Bringing a smile to these kids faces is our way of showing that the military also cares about these kids." Vacca said.

Volunteer and fellow airman, Kylie Lowder, said she agrees with Vacca.

"They are really our heroes. They're the ones who battle through everyday, we just get dressed and go to work," Lowder said.

Military Volunteers Deliver Toys to Children

More News

Grid
List
ST.LOUIS (AP)- Carlos Martinez pitched seven sharp innings, Matt Holliday hit an emotional home run and the St. Louis Cardinals... More >>
4 hours ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 11:09:34 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo.(AP)-Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-2 Friday night. Ryan Merritt gave up a run on... More >>
4 hours ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 10:56:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors said a man serving a life sentence for his role in a 1988 explosion... More >>
9 hours ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 5:50:41 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Current and future health care professionals gathered in Columbia to talk about ethics and digital media on Friday.... More >>
10 hours ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 5:15:00 PM CDT in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY –The Callaway County Jail has an aging security system as old as the jail itself, which was built... More >>
11 hours ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 4:21:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Members of the University of Missouri Police Department and the Legion of Black Collegians met together Thursday night... More >>
11 hours ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 4:14:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA- The 10th annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival kicked off Friday and festival coordinators have been working to... More >>
12 hours ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 3:43:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - MU's Association of Black Graduate and Professional Students unveiled a historical marker Friday at the location of Columbia's... More >>
12 hours ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 2:54:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Farmers, and farmers at heart, can be happy that a new farmers market is in the works for... More >>
13 hours ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 2:17:00 PM CDT in News
BENTON (AP) — Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped from a southeast Missouri jail. The Southeast Missourian... More >>
15 hours ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 12:43:43 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - As a broadcast station, visual representation of stories is an important part of coverage at KOMU 8 News.... More >>
15 hours ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 11:54:00 AM CDT in News
FARBER - Authorities shot a man armed with a shotgun in Farber late Thursday night, the Missouri State Highway Patrol... More >>
17 hours ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 9:56:00 AM CDT in News
MEXICO - Four men were arrested after officers say they found drugs and guns Thursday afternoon. According to a... More >>
20 hours ago September 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Friday, September 30 2016 Friday, September 30, 2016 7:17:00 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Family members restrained the father of a missing Missouri woman when the man accused of setting... More >>
1 day ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 8:07:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - In honor of the Columbia Public School Foundation's (CPSF) 20th anniversary, it announced a $20,000 grant for Columbia... More >>
1 day ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:49:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival returns for its 10th year Friday to Columbia’s Stephens Lake... More >>
1 day ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:09:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - An independent organization revealed its findings Thursday on the abilities of 49 judges throughout the state of... More >>
1 day ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:02:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – The Missouri Human Trafficking Task Force discussed its future and long term goals at its second to last... More >>
1 day ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 6:44:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 58°
4am 58°
5am 58°
6am 57°
7am 55°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

3:00a
Mad Money
4:00a
LX.TV: 1st Look
4:30a
This Week in Mizzou Football
3:30a
Paid Program
4:00a
Paid Program
4:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Good Place
7:30p
The Good Place
8:00p
The Good Place
8:30p
The Good Place
9:00p
Saturday Night Live
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld