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FAQs: Everything You Need to Know About AJ’s Kids Crane!

AJ’s Kids Crane is back!! Wondering what all the wonderful hype is about? Here are some FAQs to get you pumped!

Download AJ’s Printable Kids Crane Poster Here!

WHEN: AJ goes up Friday, November 13th!

WHERE: IKEA is excited to be hosting the 14th Annual AJ’s Kids Crane again in their parking lot at 2149 Fenton Parkway, San Diego.

Toyota San Diego and Pacific Marine Credit Union are proud to once again sponsor the 14th Annual AJ’s Kids Crane!  AJ will go up in the crane and stay there until last year’s total of toys and Cash donations for the young heroes at Rady’s Children’s Hospital is topped. Hope to see you there!

Check-out pics from last year’s event here!

Frequently Asked Questions about  “AJ’s Kids Crane”

#1- How does AJ eat, shower and/or go to the bathroom while he lives in the crane?

Yes, this is the first question we’ll answer because it’s ALWAYS the first one we’re asked! AJ has a port-o-potty in the crane with him, he “showers” using hospital grade “shower wipes” and his meals are sent up to him in a bucket tied to a rope.

#2- When and how are the toys distributed to the kids at Rady Children’s Hospital?

The toys we collect are distributed to kids for the entire year following the crane event. At the discretion of the Rady’s staff the toys are given to kids as a reward for bravery, a “bribe” to encourage them to take a medicine, an educational tool, a thing to play with with a visiting friend/sibling and much more!

#3- How many toys are you trying to collect this year?

For years we set an annual toy amount and AJ vowed to stay in the crane until that goal was hit. We reached our “maximum”goal several years ago and since that number is no longer changing we’ve decided to shift the focus away from the “goal” and the “guy in the crane” and more on the importance of the toys and the drive itself. So how many toys do we hope to get? As many as San Diegans can bring in a week’s time!

#4 Do you accept used toys?

Because the toys are going to a hospital where many kids have compromised immune systems, the general answer is no. HOWEVER, we are able to collect used books as well as used games, gaming systems and other electronics since these items can be placed in “play areas” that have more lenient rules.

#5- Do you accept monetary donations?

Absolutely! All monetary donations go into the “AJ’s Kids Fund” and are used to buy toys, equip play rooms and fund several unique programs at the hospital.

#6- Are there specific toys that you hope to collect?

So many kids of so many different ages, personality types and interests go through Rady’s in the course of the year that ANY toy donated is sure to be the perfect toy for someone. Having said that, there is a Rady Children’s Hospital 2015 Top Toy Donation List available here!

#7- If someone can’t make it out to the crane is there another way to participate?

Yes, monetary donations are being collected at all Pacific Marine Credit Union  and IHOP locations!







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