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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Spread good cheer: donate toys this holiday season

The holiday season is a time for gifts, shopping, making multiple lists, and checking them twice. But it can also be a time to help children develop empathy: to consider the needs of the less fortunate.

Here are some ideas for families who want to make giving to others part of their celebration of the season.


Pick up an extra new toy or two for the Cheermobile and help restock toy closets at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale.

Cheermobile, Banner Children's, TruWest Credit Union, donate toys

Look for the Cheermobile at TruWest Credit Union locations around the Valley.

Pediatric patients choose toys from the closet as a reward for their bravery after medical treatments or procedures throughout the year. All items must be brand new to prevent the spread of infection.

The hospitals are looking for a variety of new items, including movies, coloring books, action figures, craft kits, dolls, puzzles, and new pajamas (both male and female).

Books, including young adult fiction, also make great donations.

Find a full list of gift ideas.

Here are some dates, times and locations when the Cheermobile will be at TruWest Credit Union locations to collect donations:

  • 4 to 6pm Friday, Dec. 6 at 1345 W. Warner Rd. in Tempe
  • 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 at 5136 E. Roosevelt St. in Phoenix
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 21 at TruWest, 207 E. Williams Field Road., Suite 104, Gilbert

“Every generous toy donation makes a major difference in easing the anxiety of our patients, helping to keep the children’s spirits high and aiding in faster recovery,” says Rhonda Anderson, chief executive officer of Cardon Children’s Medical Center.


toysfortotsThe Marines have been collecting toys for needy children through the Toys for Tots donation program since 1948.

Walt Disney actually designed the first choo-choo train logo for the organization. First Ladies, celebrities and musicians have played a big part in publicizing the mission of the organization.

It is estimated that Toys for Tots has gathered more than 470 million toys for needy kids.

Find  Toys for Tots drop-off locations here.


The Salvation Army’s Christmas Angel program provides new toys and clothing items to needy children, too.

Look for the Angel trees with tags that include the name, age, clothing size, and toy requests of an individual child. Find the trees at Arizona Mills, Desert Ridge Marketplace, and other locations around the Valley.


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Vicki Louk Balint

Multimedia journalist Vicki Balint covers health stories and more for RAISING ARIZONA KIDS.

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