BEACHWOOD, Ohio — A 3D printing company in Beachwood is hosting a custom toy drive to put a smile on the faces of children who might need it most.
With COVID-19 cases on the rise and many families unable to visit their children in the hospital, MakeGear saw a need to step in a do what they can to make a difficult situation a little easier.
The company began by making a giant, 3D printed scorpion for 11-year-old Khaled who has spent most of his life in a hospital, having had 15 organ transplants to date. Ivan Meszaros, an employee of MakeGear, created the 3D model in a few hours and only needed a few days to print it, paint it and detail it before gifting it to Khaled.
That moment inspired MakeGear to encourage the community to come together and help make a difference and in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic art therapy department, MakeGear decided to host a unique toy drive.
Creatives who are interested in participating are welcome to create a special toy for a child in need.
MakeGear gave examples of toys individuals could create, from Minecraft characters to farm animals, dinosaurs, wrestlers, Animal Crossing characters or Frozen characters.
Creations can be sent to:
Attn: Toy Drive
23632 Mercantile Rd., Unit G
Beachwood, OH 44122
MakeGear asked that those sending toys to the company include their contact information and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org letting them know they are planning to send a toy.
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