For one day only, a hotel in Kissimmee is getting a makeover to become a Toys R Us store for a group of kids fighting cancer to go on a unique shopping spree. The event is being sponsored by the Ohr Meir Foundation, a charity dedicated to giving sick children a fun break from their treatment schedules.
In the past, the event was held at an actual Toys R Us store in the area, but after the chain of toy stores closed, the foundation got creative. With help from 18 former Toys R Us employees who were part of this special experience in previous years, they’re turning the Park Inn Hotel into the “Magical Toy Store” for 20 kids and young adults. The shopping spree is just one part of a four-day trip to Orlando, which also includes a visit to Disney World.
“Those Toys R Us staff and the toy store experience were part of this dream-making magic, part of this energy. They had these kids, some in-between chemo treatments, literally dancing in the aisles. How to reproduce that? We can’t exactly take our sick kids to Amazon.com,” Ohr Meir Foundation spokesman Steven Friedman says. “The toy store experience is vital to their memories, to give these kids their childhood back.”