Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell kicked off its annual toy drive in mid-November in support of The Children’s Inn at NIH, a residential facility located on the grounds of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, that allows families with seriously ill children participating in research at the NIH to stay free of charge. With just over 100 team members at the firm, project lead Martina Childress, who serves as CBM’s editor and senior proofreader, challenged colleagues to each contribute a toy to the charitable giving event, with proceeds benefiting children from all walks of life both nationally and internationally who were staying at The Children’s Inn during the holiday season.
The results were a success with nearly 105 toys gathered over the period of about a month and then delivered to The Children’s Inn on December 12. The firm’s managing partner, Pete Reilly, was ready to have the firm back up any shortages but CBM team members rose to the occasion, creating a festive and well-meaning message in the Bethesda office lobby as toys slowly and impressively began to accumulate.
Thanks to Martina and everyone who contributed. CBM has been a long-time supporter of The Children’s Inn at NIH by participating on the not-for-profit charity’s fundraising team of runners during the annual Marine Corps 10K. CBM Executive Vice President Daniel Weaver sits on the board of directors of The Children’s Inn at NIH.