Phoenix Childrenâ€™s Foundation and Amazon Partner for Holiday Toy Drive
By Claire Natale -
Friday Dec 09, 2022
PHOENIX â€“ This holiday season, no child at Phoenix Childrenâ€™s will go without a present thanks to generous community donors and the official sponsor of the Toyland toy drive, Amazon. Anyone can be a part of making a holiday season hospital stay a little easier on kids and their families by donating toys or gift cards to Toyland.
â€œSpending the holidays in the hospital is never ideal,â€ said Steve Schnall, Phoenix Childrenâ€™s Foundation Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer. â€œBut this toy drive always brightens everyoneâ€™s days. Seeing the way these donations impact our patients and their families is so special.â€
New, unwrapped toys and gift cards will be accepted through Dec. 17. Toys and other items can be donated through the Phoenix Childrenâ€™s gift registry page or people can make a financial donation. Tax-deductible donations can be made early as another way to support the Child Life Department, which works to normalize the hospital experience for patients and families, as well as the Toyland drive. Gift cards in denominations of $10 and $25 to Amazon, Walmart, Target, VISA, Starbucks, Dutch Bros, Fandango, Xbox, Five and Below, PlayStation and Nintendo eShop are preferred.
â€œThis partnership with Phoenix Childrenâ€™s Foundation is near and dear to Amazon. Each September â€˜Amazon Goes Goldâ€™ to raise awareness around childhood cancer. Sponsoring Toyland is a continuation of our companyâ€™s commitment,â€ said John Pombier, Senior Manager of Community Engagement. â€œAmazon is giving back to the community where our employees live and work. Sponsoring Toyland is a small way to bring surprise and delight to patients during the holidays.â€
On Dec. 23 and 24 a space at Phoenix Childrenâ€™s Hospital â€“ Thomas Campus is turned into a winter wonderland where parents can â€œshop,â€ free of charge, for their hospitalized child. Parentsâ€™ spirits are lifted thanks to the support of the community and official Toyland sponsor, Amazon.
For health and safety reasons, all donated items must be new, in their original packaging and cannot be wrapped. Personally delivering items directly to patients is not possible. A gift drop-off location has been set up on the south side of Phoenix Childrenâ€™s Hospital â€“ Thomas Campus at 1920 E. Cambridge Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85006. If you plan on donating a large quantity of gifts or would like to publicly partner with Phoenix Childrenâ€™s Foundation, please email [email protected].
About Phoenix Children's
Phoenix Children's is one of the nation's largest pediatric health systems. It comprises Phoenix Children's Hospital â€“ Thomas Campus, Phoenix Children's Hospital â€“ East Valley at Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, four pediatric specialty and urgent care centers, 11 community pediatric practices, 20 outpatient clinics, two ambulatory surgery centers and seven community-service-related outpatient clinics throughout the state of Arizona. The system provides world-class inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and urgent care and has been serving children and families for nearly 40 years. Phoenix Children's Care Network includes more than 1,175 pediatric primary care providers and specialists who deliver care across more than 75 subspecialties. For more information, visit phoenixchildrens.org.
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