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Happy Wheels

Who We Are

In the spring of 1999, Larissa Allison of Murrells Inlet, SC created the idea for the Happy Wheels Program.  January 27, 2000 was Happy Wheels first visit to the children at MUSC Children’s Health. The program is still going strong 10 years later, thanks to the generosity of others. Happy Wheels is under the umbrella of MUSC Children’s Health volunteer program. All donations are tax deductible.

Happy Wheels cartWe are a volunteer-dependent group that distributes new toys and books to critically ill or injured children. We collect donations from organizations, individuals, and small businesses throughout the year. 100% of all funds go directly to purchasing new books and toys for the children. We visit approximately 80-100 children each week. Without the help and generosity of others, this program would not run.

The Happy Wheels cart lets the children feel like they are standing in a store aisle looking at a huge shelf of toys. There are so many touching moments and it warms my heart to see their little faces light up. The children look forward to Happy Wheels Thursday, some leave messages with the nurses to let us know where they are and when they will return. No one wants to miss out on choosing his or her special gift.

We hope that each visit will offer children a special opportunity to make their hospital stay more enjoyable.

You can make a difference in a child’s life today by supporting Happy Wheels. It takes concerned and loving hearts like yours to keep these carts full of wonderful new toys and books.

Happy Wheels~What A Difference Thursday Can Make!!!

How You Can Help

Donate: Mail checks (payable to Happy Wheels) to:

Happy Wheels
165 Ashley Avenue
Room EH101 MSC332
Charleston, SC  29425-3320

Volunteer: To find out about volunteer opportunities e-mail:


For other ways to get involved, contact:

Melissa Kubu

Toy Wish List

Ages birth - 3 years

  • Chunky baby items (cars, trucks, blocks, etc.)
  • Soft plush items for infants birth - 6 months (animals, dolls, etc.)
  • Something you would give to a newborn
  • Examples: Gund baby, Ganz baby, Carter baby

Ages 4 - 6

  • Board games
  • Action figures
  • Barbie dolls
  • Anything Dora

Ages 7 - 11

  • Board games
  • Handheld games (see below)
  • Arts and craft items

Ages 12+

  • CD headsets (Target, Toys R Us & Walmart)
  • Digital cameras (Walmart sells a brand for $10) These are very popular too.
  • Handheld games (Monopoly, Yahtzee, Connect4, Solitaire, etc.) Can be found at Target & Walmart
  • Board games
  • Movies on DVD (PG & PG-13, no R rated!!)
  • Arts & crafts (paint set, scrapbooking, etc.)