Jose Altuve partners with Houston non-profit Lily’s Toy Box to give back to Venezuela
HUSTON – Even within the midst of the postseason, Astros gamers are nonetheless doing their half to give back to the Houston neighborhood and their hometowns.
Second baseman Jose Altuve went the additional mile to assist kids in Venezuela by teaming up with 13-year-old Lily DuBose and the non-profit Lily’s Toy Box.
DuBose’s mission started in 2017 after Hurricane Harvey devastated the town of Houston. The then 9-year-old noticed a necessity in her neighborhood and knew she had to assist.
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“So I started giving away my Lego sets, dolls in my neighborhood at first, and then my family and friends started helping out more, so they started giving away more toys,” DuBose stated.
Thus Lily’s Toy Box was born. She takes toy donations, shops them in a warehouse and provides them to kids in want. She has donated 35,000 toys to date.
Recently, DuBose’s enterprise went worldwide. She defined: “So [Jose] Altuve and Neena Altuve were posting on Instagram how they wanted to help with toys and they wanted to give toys to Venezuela because Venezuela had a really bad storm.”
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Altuve’s jumped on the likelihood for this partnership with DuBose.
“It’s hard to believe, but it feels good to have this chance and this opportunity to connect with other people and give back to the community,” Altuve stated.
DuBose rapidly collected greater than 1,500 toys, and to her shock, Altuve himself stopped by to decide them up and ship them.
“That was crazy,” she stated. “I was like oh my god you’re Altuve. That’s awesome.”
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He even gave her a signed jersey and tickets to the World Series all as a thanks for her generosity. It’s a place DuBose by no means noticed herself in, however she’s past grateful.
“My nonprofit started with just a small set of Legos,” she stated. “Now I’m working with Altuve, and I have this warehouse of these toys, and I’m very grateful for what happened to me.”
As for the toys, they’re on their approach to bless the youngsters of Venezuela.