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Milwaukee couple making a difference in the lives of children in the Milwaukee area


#DWYD Toy & Book Drive: Milwaukee couple making a difference in the lives of children in the Milwaukee area. A

husband and wife team that in their spare time (outside of full-time careers) create positive change.

This is the season of giving, and I am excited to bring you a conversation I had with Josh Scarver of DWYD Gives, Toy and Book Drive. The toy and book drive got its start eight years ago when he and his wife hosted a party and asked the attendees to bring toys. At that event, they collected 40 toys. Over the last eight years, DWYD Gives has since grown to over 20 different business locations and has collected over 20,000 items to help children in the city. Make sure to check out the list of locations so you can see which is the closest to you so you can do something to give back this holiday season.

Topics in this episode:

●     4:59 – Biggest Challenges

●     7:14 – What life is like for some of their recipients

●     8:06 – What has him fired up about the future

●     10:14 – How people can get involved

●     12:05 – The 22 different donation locations

●     18:00 Josh asks me: Can you tell me why you started doing what you’re doing now?

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1:06 The children that we’re trying to help are what I call forgotten children, unfortunately. They’re children who have been victims of abuse and neglect in our city of Milwaukee. It’s a problem that most people don’t talk about. And in the eight years that me and my wife have been doing the DWYD Gives Toy and Book Drive, we’ve collected over 20,000 items to help these children in the city.

#DWYD Toy & Book Drive: Milwaukee couple making a difference in the lives of children in the Milwaukee area. A

husband and wife team that in their spare time (outside of full-time careers) create positive change.

Over 4,000 children come through the doors of the Milwaukee Child Advocacy Center (MCAC) annually and they rely

heavily on the charity and kindness of others. The MCAC is a hospital-based child advocacy program through Children’s

Wisconsin bringing a specially trained team of professionals to aid children. The donated items help provide security and

reassurance to victims. Each child and teen that visits the center is offered a toy and a book to make a stressful day a bit

more comfortable in an unfortunate situation.

#DoWhatYouDesire lifestyle brand headed by Joshua Scarver spreads a message of following your dreams, inspiring

others and giving back. Every year he and his wife, Bekah Lustig join forces, for their annual #DWYD Toy & Book Drive

to prove that anyone can take an idea and create an effort to help their community in a positive way. “I have realized in

the 8 years since this has begun, is that it feels good to help and it feels even better to inspire others to take action”.

Joshua’s true passion in life is giving and inspiring others to join in helping those who are less fortunate. The drive started

as a small event collecting 40 toys and books. As of last year, the drive has grown to over 5,000 donations that help bring

smiles to the faces of the forgotten children in our community. “It is my dream to keep growing the #DWYD Toy & Book

Drive to even greater successes and bringing more of the community and its businesses, organizations and leaders

together to bring positive change to our city of Milwaukee and beyond. Anything and everything is possible.” Collecting

donations sends a message to the children of our community that someone cares about them.

22 local businesses have partnered with us to support their local community with the 8th Annual #DWYD Toy and Book

drive as well as Half Price Books and Fashion Angels being two of their largest donators. Each year our goal is to surpass

the collection from last year. This year we will strive for enough toys to fulfill needs through the end of 2020. Below are

the businesses that have donation barrel available for anyone to donate a toy or book during regular business hours.

  • Downtown Kitchen in the U.S. Bank Building

777 E. Wisconsin Ave. • Milwaukee

  • Cranky Al’s

6901 W. North Ave. • Wauwatosa

  • Merle Norman & MN Salon

95 N. Moorland Rd. • Brookfield

  • Chiropractic Company (7 locations) • Glendale

Greenfield • West Allis • Germantown

Grafton • Brookfield • Waukesha

  • Elegance Salon & Spa

2725 South Calhoun Rd. • New Berlin

  • Frenz Garden Center

505 N. Main St. • Thiensville

  • Stephanie Murphy, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

7040 N. Port Washington Rd. • Glendale

  • KRS Hair & Wax Studio

832 E Locust St. • Milwaukee – Riverwest

  • Country Flower Shop

3101 E. Layton Ave. • Cudahy

  • Falbos Bros Pizzeria

2213 E. Capitol Dr. • Shorewood

  • Beauty & Whiskey Salon| Bridal

W173 N9170 St Francis Dr. • Menomonee Falls

  • MOTOR Bar & Restaurant next to HD Museum

401 W. Canal St. • Milwaukee

  • Fiesta Cafe

1407 S. 1st St., • Milwaukee – Walker’s Point

  • Jalisco Restaurant

1035 S. Cesar E Chavez Dr. • Milwaukee – Southside

  • BaccaNera Enoteca & Winebar

1732 E. North Ave. • Milwaukee – Eastside

  • Carini’s Southern Italian Restaurant

3468 N. Oakland Ave. • Milwaukee – Eastside

What is #DWYD? #DWYD is a lifestyle brand that inspire people to live the #DoWhatYouDesire life. A lifestyle that

involves pursuing your dreams ambitions and desires in life whether that is a business, education or whatever passion you

decided to follow.

#DWYDgives Inspiring and helping others; the future DWYD generation

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