Walgreens employees from across the Valley brought truckloads of toys to Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa on Thursday in a huge donation for patients. Their delivery of more than $25,000 worth of toys will help bring cheer to patients during the holidays and throughout the coming year.
Walgreens has been organizing the toy drive for Cardon Children’s for the past eight years.
Pediatric patients at Cardon Children’s can choose an item from the toy closets as a reward for their bravery after they go through a treatment or procedure. These toy closets, made possible by generous donations throughout the year from Valley residents and businesses, reduce anxiety and comfort patients during their hospital stay.
Items that make great donations for pediatric patients include movies, coloring books, action figures, craft kits, Barbies and dolls, young adult fiction, puzzles, and new pajamas (both male and female). A full list of ideas is available at www.BannerChildrens.com/toyclosets. All items must be new to prevent the spread of infection.