Andrew Fimbel
August 26, 2000 - February 17, 2001

Thanks For Stopping By!

Andrew's Toy Box was founded in memory of Andrew Fimbel, who passed away on February 17, 2001 from Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).  The disease is the No. 1 genetic killer of children under two.

This organization's aim is to be a source of comfort, love and support to sick and needy children around the world.

The Fimbel family extends warm and special thanks to visitors of this site. Your interest in Andrew and SMA makes all the difference in the world!

Andrew's Story & Song

About Our Organization

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to providing special care packages filled with toys, crafts and books to children with life-threatening illnesses.  Our mission is very simply to provide smiles to the faces of sick children.  We feel children facing the most difficult of life's circumstances deserve all the special treatment they can get.

Quite often, because of expensive medical bills and equipment costs, as well as a lack of time, many parents cannot afford to provide special toys for their children to enjoy. When families are faced with the trying circumstances of dealing with daily challenges of the child's illness, it is very easy for everyone involved to feel isolated and without hope. Receiving a surprise package from Andrew's Toy Box helps both the children and their caregivers know they are not alone.

It is our greatest desire that our care packages provide a fun and welcomed diversion for kids who are enduring a long, gloomy hospital stay.  We believe they not only make a positive impact but also bring great comfort to every child who receives them.

2017 Photos

A Big "Thank You" to Cardinal Mooney High

Amazing Cardinal Mooney High School Students, under the direction of Scott Scheuer, Theology Department Chair, have been collecting toys for Andrew's Toy Box during every Christmas season for over fifteen years and delivering them to area hospitals in Florida.  

Andrew's Toy Box is extremely grateful to Mr. Scheuer and all the awesome students for their tremendous kindness and support in bringing so much joy to those precious patients.  Thank you all so, so much and may God richly bless you for all the good you do! 

Activities & News

Andrew's Grandma Signs Her Book Dec. 9 & 10 

On December 9 and 10, Andrew's grandma, Mary Fimbel, will be signing her book, "The Amazing Giving Tree Secret" at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Wilmington, NC, located at 1011 Eastwood Rd.

Hours of the signing will be after the 5 p.m. mass on Dec. 9 and after all morning masses on Dec. 10.

Awesome Toy Deliveries 2017 

December 6 Toys were delivered to Betty Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital on December 6.

Two hundred toys were collected by Hoggard High School Senior, Kellen Hanson, as his senior project.  

Cardinal Mooney High School (Sarasota, FL) students, under the direction of Scott Scheuer, will deliver toys to Manatee Memorial Hospital and Sarasota Memorial Hospital on December 19.

2017 Holiday Season News! 

During the current year, hundreds of toys have been donated and Andrew's Toy Box volunteers have delivered them to Betty Cameron Children's Hospital in Wilmington, NC;  New Hanover Regional Medical Center Children's Speciality Clinic in Wilmington, NC; Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, NC; Duke University Children's Hospital in Durham, NC; Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, NJ; Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC; All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL;Manatee General Hospital in Bradenton, FL; and Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, FL.

Coastal Carolina Women's Club Awards ATB with Grant 

Andrew's Toy Box, has just been awarded a grant for $500.00 from the Coastal Carolina Women's Club. 

The award will be used to purchase a new train table and accessories for the pediatric playroom at Betty Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital. 
Andrew's Toy Box is tremendously humbled and honored to receive this grant award.  A huge thank you to the Coastal Carolina Women's Club for their generosity and support. 

Their outstanding gift to Andrew's Toy Box will bring amazing joy to many sick children who will be patients at Betty Cameron.

Exciting Updates for 2016! 

The El Paso Women's Christian Connection recognized Andrew's Toy Box again for the 10th year at their beautiful November luncheon where the attendees generously contributed a huge assortment of toys, as well as financial donations, to be given to the precious sick children in El Paso, TX and Juarez, Mexico.  Boris Salazar, the Andrew's Toy Box Coordinator for the El Paso Chapter, was the key note speaker and gave an inspiring presentation entitled, "Come and See". Her beautiful message was well received and touched the hearts of all in attendance. 

St. Luke's Church in El Paso, TX is doing their beautiful giving tree for the 10th year to benefit Andrew's Toy Box.  All gifts received will be distributed to the children who are patients in the El Paso, TX and Juarez, Mexico hospitals and clinics. 

Coronado High School, El Paso High School, and Franklin High School are again this year doing awesome toys drives. 

Kay's Jewelers located in the three malls in El Paso, the Kay's in Las Cruces, NC the Kay's in Wilmington and Southern Pines, NC,  as well as Jaretts Jewelers in El Paso, TX,  are continuing to generously support Andrew's Toy Box through their collection of adorable stuffed animals for the sick children in those areas. 

Cardinal Mooney High School in Sarasota, FL under the leadership of Scott Scheuer,  is collecting a busload of toys for Andrew's Toy Box for the 15th year and will deliver them to huge pediatrics departments at St. Petersburg All Children's Hospital, Manatee Hospital, and Sarasota Memorial Hospital.  Richard M. Fimbel, Andrew's Toy Box Coordinator of the Florida Chapter, assists with the deliveries of the multitudes of toys collected by the fantastic students at Cardinal Mooney High School. 

St. Mark Catholic Church and Port City Community Church in Wilmington, NC, as well as Sacred Heart Church in Southport, NC donated numerous wonderful toys and financial gifts to Andrew's Toy Box. 

Go Go Games and Go Go Calendars in Wilmington, NC are collecting toys and gifts for Andrew's Toy Box.  

Andrew's Toy Box sends a huge thank you to all of our awesome contributors.  Your amazing kindness and overwhelming support have touch the hearts of a multitude of sick children in numerous hospitals and clinics.   May God Bless you all!

Another Banner Year for ATB 

Andrew's Toy Box was profoundly blessed with another banner year in 2015!

In North Carolina, hundreds of gifts were distributed to children who were patients at Betty Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital in Wilmington, Tileston Clinic in Wilmington, Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Duke Children's Hospital in Durham, New Bern Hospital in New Bern, and Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte. We are so grateful to St. Mark's Church, Immaculate Conception Church, All Saints Church, and St. Stanislaus Church, as well as numerous other benefactors and supporters who continue to keep the giving going in North Carolina. 

In Florida, the students participating in the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Cardinal Mooney, under the direction of Mr. Scott Scheuer, collected an entire bus load of toys in December and delivered them to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Manatee Hospital in Bradenton, and Sarasota Memorial Hospital.  Cardinal Mooney High School has been a huge supporter of Andrew's Toy Box since the charity began in 2001 and we are so, so grateful for their dedication and service in bringing tremendous joy to multitudes of sick children in Florida. 

In Texas, Andrew's Toy Box continues to reach out to the precious young patients in the hospitals throughout El Paso, as well as those in hospitals and clinics in Juarez, Mexico. 

Under the direction of Aurora Salazar, with overwhelming support from St. Luke's Church and the El Paso Christian Women's Connection, thousands of toys were collected and distributed throughout the year. 

All of the amazing happiness generated by Andrew's Toy Box is a reality because of the amazing generosity and dedicated support of our many contributors and awesome volunteers.  A huge thank you to all of you for everything you have done in 2015 in response to our mission of "helping sick children smile"! 

May God richly bless each of you for all the happiness you have brought to these sweet and very special patients!

Andrew's Grandparents On Catholic Radio 

Click here to listen to Andrew's grandmother and grandfather's, (Mary and Richard Fimbel), wonderful interview with Carolina Catholic on WBPL-LP 93.1 FM out of Wilmington, NC.

Also, check out their interview on Relevant Radio out of Newark, NJ at 11 a.m. this Saturday (Oct. 11)  and 11 a.m. on October 18.  Their show also will air at 6 p.m. on October 12.

2013 Dates and Activities Added! 

The following fundraising events are coming up through the end of 2013:

Nov. 23/24 - "The Amazing Giving Tree Secret" and "Jesus' Birthday Gift" will be sold at Columbiettes Bake Sale after masses at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Wilmington, NC.

Nov. 30 - Mary Ellen Fimbel will be signing her book, "The Amazing Giving Tree Secret" at Duck Duck Goose store in Southport, NC from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dec. 5 - Mary Ellen Fimbel will be reading her book to students in kindergarten through fifth grade at Myrtle Grove Christian School in Wilmington, NC.  Her book, along with Michelle's book, will be available to purchase after the reading.

Dec. 6 - The Diocese of Raleigh, NC will feature a cover story in their magazine about Andrew's Toy Box and The Holiday Sisters' books.

Dec. 8 - Mary Ellen Fimbel will be selling her book, as well as Michelle's book, at St. Mark's Catholic Church pancake breakfast in Wilmington, NC.  The event will take place from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

December 15-24 - Toys collected from The Giving Tree at Katie Bug's store in Southport, NC, as well as gifts received from generous donors, will be distributed to sick children at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Betty H. Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital in Wilmington, NC

"The Amazing Giving Tree Secret" and "Jesus' Birthday Gift" are now available for purchase at the following retail stores:  Brilliant Sky Children's Store, Wilmington, NC; Bullfrog Corner, Southport, NC; Duck Duck Goose, Southport, NC; Katie Bug's, Southport, NC.

Toy Collections In Progress/2017

Knights of Columbus

Youth Ministry

Children's Faith Formation

St. Mark Church 

Wilmington, NC


Kellen Hanson of Hoggard High School,

Wilmington, NC

Senior Project


December 9/10

Christmas Book Sales

St. Mark Church

Wilmington, NC

Amazing Donations!

The American Sewing Guild in Wilmington, NC makes adorable pillows & bears to donate to sick children in hospitals throughout NC.

The American Sewing Guild in Wilmington, NC makes adorable pillows & bears to donate to sick children in hospitals throughout NC.

Mary Fimbel, Co-President of Andrew's Toy Box receives a multitude of beautiful handmade pillows from Tammi Pitts & members of the American Sewing Guild. These gifts will be distributed to precious sick children in NC.

Mary Fimbel, Co-President of Andrew's Toy Box receives a multitude of beautiful handmade pillows from Tammi Pitts & members of the American Sewing Guild. These gifts will be distributed to precious sick children in NC.

This awesome train table was purchased with a grant awarded to Andrew's Toy  Box by Coastal Carolina Women's Club. This train table has been gifted to the pediatric playroom at Betty Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital in Wilmington, NC.


Train sets for train table and play kitchen accessories for the pediatric playroom also purchased with grant award from Coastal Carolina Women's Club.

Thank You, Chester, NJ!

Greetings from chilly New Jersey on Election Day.  

My Girl Scout Troop has been busy.  We collected toys this weekend for children at Morristown Memorial and Robert Wood Johnson.  We also collected $180 in cash.  We would like to use these funds to provide one or more gift to a child on your list.

We are specifically looking for a child who is in the hospital long term or suffering from a terminal illness.  I believe you mentioned you had a list of wishes from kids all over the country.  I was hoping you could give me a list of these children (age, gender, illness) so I can ask my Junior Troop to pick where they want this money to go.  I want it to be their decision and we will make this decision at our December Meeting.  Please send me a list.  : )

Next, we are hosting an event called Tea with Teddy.  All girls in Chester are welcome to attend a tea party and decorate a card which will be attached to a teddy bear.  These teddy bears will be placed on the beds at Morristown Memorial Hospital in the recovery room.  Every kid who wakes up from an operation will wake up with a friend.  

Later this month,  my troop is putting up a Giving Tree at a local restaurant in Chester the week after Thanksgiving.  My girls worked hard at creating beautiful angel ornaments with the gender and age of children.

Andrew's story has truly been inspirational to Chester, New Jersey and watching the magic of giving pass from hand to hand is beautiful.

Thank you for creating this organization and allowing the girls in Troop 95052 to experience the good in people.

Talk soon!


2016 Photo Ops!

Andrew's grandparents, Richard and Mary Fimbel, deliver toys at Betty Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital and also visit with the Big Bear!
"Receiving the gift box (from Andrew's Toy Box) was a light of hope in a very dark time for our family.  As a parent, it is hard to see your child slipping into depression from being hospitalized. Oliver's gift box helped bring back our smiley, happy boy."  

Lisa Huston
ATB Volunteers at St. Lukes

ATB Volunteers at St. Lukes

Cardinal Mooney HS Toy Delivery

Thank you Cardinal Mooney HS in Sarasota, FL for an incredibly successful toy drive and delivery! 
Over 900 toys were collected and distributed! Wow!!!

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Get Involved

There are numerous way you can help a sick and needy child through our organization.
  • Donate a gift card to a children's toy or book store.
  • Introduce us to potential corporate or business sponsors,
  • Initiate an Andrew's Toy Box chapter in your community.
  • "Adopt" a child from Andrew's Toy Box and construct a package yourself.
  • Plan a fundraiser to help raise money for toys.
  • Donate a gift card from a major department store, such as Wal-Mart or Toys R Us.
Gift cards and financial donations also may be sent to 607 Salo Street, Wilmington, NC  28411

Toys We Collect

We accept all types of toys, including books, stuffed animals, drawing pads and pens, craft kits, headphone and kid-friendly CDs, DVDs, audio books, games (both board and computer), to name a few.  If you have items to donate, please contact your nearest chapter representative (click here) for more information.

Please note that hospitals request that all donated gifts be new for sanitary purposes.  


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