FOX40’s Holiday Toy Drive Benefits Kids

You can make holiday wishes come true for kids at Shriners Hospitals for Children by participating in the FOX40 Holiday Toy Drive. FOX40 is coordinating the annual benefit in partnership with Big O Tires, Star 106.5, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, and KHOP@95.1.

It’s easy to participate.  Between November 28 and December 9, you may drop off new, unwrapped toys at participating Big O Tires and Dickey’s Barbeque Pit locations in the Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto areas.

The toys will be delivered to the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento between 8 and 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 15. The spectacular delivery will be broadcast live on FOX40 news. Wondering eyes will surely appear as representatives from FOX40 and participating sponsors unload the donations and place the new toys under the Christmas tree in the hospital lobby.

The toys will then be transported to the hospital’s very own version of Santa’s Workshop, where staff will wrap the toys just in time for Santa Claus to deliver them on Christmas morning. Thanks to the generosity of many, donations received during the Holiday Toy Drive make it possible for the hospital to provide gifts to children hospitalized on their birthday.  Donated games and toys also are used by patients and families participating in activities in the central play area.

“The FOX 40 Holiday Toy Drive epitomizes the spirit of the holiday season – that special time of year when spirits are uplifted by acts of kindness and generosity.” says Melissa Grialou, Manager of the Therapeutic Recreation and Child Life program at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.

“The magic of the season comes to life when the toys are delivered to the hospital.  Our team of ‘Santa’s Helpers’ go to work immediately, selecting individual gifts for each of our patients and wrapping them for Santa to deliver to the kids on Christmas morning. It is remarkable. There really are no words to truly express the depth of our gratitude and the positive impact this community event makes on the patients, families and staff at Shriners Hospital,” says Grialou.

Leigh White, General Manager FOX40 said, “At FOX40, Kids Matter. It’s our mission to provide outreach within our community, and these kids at Shriners really deserve to have a smile put on their faces! We’re so thankful to have the opportunity to bring our local businesses together to collect toys from our generous neighbors. FOX40 is honored to be able to give each year.”

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research.  Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis.  Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call (916) 453-2000.

Media Contact:  Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 | ccurran@shrinenet.org

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  1. I think the Shriners Hospital does the most amazing things for children. They are very insperational to me and alot of others. Keep up the wonderful work!

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