Donor gives Minnesota children's hospital 36 tons of play dough

A Minnesota children's hospital received 36 tons of Crayola Dough last week.

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A Minnesota children's hospital received 36 tons of Crayola Dough last week.

A Minnesota children’s hospital was rolling in dough last week -- about 36 tons of it.

The University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital in Minneapolis received enough Crayola Dough, to fill two semitrucks, KARE reported.

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“I don't think we're going to have an issue restocking our play dough for a long time,” Nick Engbloom, the hospital’s director of community partnership, told the television station.

The Crayola Dough was supposed to be shipped to Toys R Us before that company declared bankruptcy. Instead, it was stored in a Seattle warehouse, KARE reported.

Toysmith, another toy company, offered 58 pallets of play dough to the hospital, and Engbloom agreed quickly.

"And I said, 'Absolutely,'" Engbloom told KARE.

That works out to more than 300,000 cans of play dough. Hospital staff members said they discard a lot of toys in common areas to prevent the spread of infections, the television station reported.

"We have a large play dough bin in our office, actually, and we'll have months that it actually sits empty because we're out of play dough," Ashley Wunderlich, a certified child life specialist at the hospital, told KARE.

Now, there will be plenty of dough to go around.

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