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Alliance of Professionals delivers toys to kids in the ER

Toys delivered on Christmas morning

Posted: January 5, 2010 12:38 p.m.
Updated: January 5, 2010 1:04 p.m.
In the spirit of the holiday season, the Community Alliance of Professionals (CAP) decided to make its first fundraising event a toy drive, with the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Emergency Department as the primary beneficiary.

After collecting toys for more than a month, members of CAP came with their families to deliver toys to kids in the ER on Christmas morning.

According to Rachel Stevenson, ER Nurse of 15 years, "Kids in the ER over the holidays tend to get overlooked by toy drives. Being in the Emergency Room not only ruins their holiday, it is incredibly scary and stressful. A small gesture like a stuffed animal or a toy can make a huge difference to kids and their families."

CAP members Katie Hill, Kenny Heslep, Brandon Fried, Ashley Fried, Cassie Fried, Phillis Brooks, and her twin boys, all came to hand out gifts with this in mind.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of SCV residents and businesses, CAP collected hundreds of toys - far more than the ER was able to use over the days surrounding Christmas.

Some toys were given to the maternity ward, and all of the excess toys were given to Single Mothers Outreach.

CAP cofounder Katie Hill says, "We truly could not have hoped for a better outcome to our first major fundraising effort. We never expected such an amazing result and we are so grateful to our community for giving back to those in need. We can only hope that the spirit of giving continues past the holidays!"

Special thanks goes out to the businesses who hosted toy collection boxes, including Saugus Drugs, Panera Bread, Puzzle Zoo Toy Store, Valencia Marketplace Dental, and Brave New World Comics.

All of these businesses donated several toys themselves, and their customers filled up the boxes so quickly that several pickups had to be made over the past few weeks.

Out West Marketing also donated several stuffed animals and books from their store in Newhall.

The other cofounder of CAP, Brandon Fried, says, "This generosity from businesses shows exactly the message CAP is trying give - that when businesses work together to benefit the community great things can happen. We are happy and grateful to learn that so many businesses in Santa Clarita are ready and willing to give back with such enthusiasm."

This collaboration of hosting businesses, as well as the efforts of business owners and residents who donated their time and toys to benefit these kids, demonstrate CAP's mission - bringing business and community together.

Thanks to the combined effort of everyone involved, including Henry Mayo ER staff and the volunteers at SMO, every child who was stuck in the ER when they should be at home celebrating with their families had some small comfort in their time of need, and the children of mothers facing financial hardship were able to have a nice Christmas as well.

We would like to thank all of our participating businesses and members for all of their help, as well as everyone who donated.

This story is posted in The Signal's SCV Raw section. Click here for more information about SCV Raw.


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