PHOENIX – On a chilly December morning, nurses and parents bundled up several young patients from Valleywise Health Medical Center and wheeled them outside in wagons and wheelchairs for what must have been a bright spot during a challenging time of their lives.
Not only were they greeted by Santa Claus, but Daisy Mountain Fire Fighters and other supporters were on hand to form a line and unload 160 bags of toys from the moving truck. Within 15 minutes, the sidewalk was covered with bags of gifts – stuffed animals, remote-controlled cars and just about every other child’s toy imaginable.
The annual toy drive and delivery was made possible by the Daisy Mountain Firefighters Charities (DMFC) and members of the community who donated toys and money outside the Anthem Walmart for three weekends after Thanksgiving. DMFC president Jon Binsbacher said the Anthem, New River and North Phoenix communities have never let the children down.
Later in the day, DMFC brought more toys to Honor Health Deer Valley and Honor Health Sonoran Health and Emergency.
In a brief speech, Binsbacher thanked the charity’s partners who helped make the toy drive possible. The partners were Muscular Moving Men, the American Subcontractors Association of Arizona and the Outlets at Anthem. He also thanked the hospital staff for allowing DMFC to serve the community.
The toys delivered to Valleywise Health Medical Center will last the hospital approximately one year, Binsbacher said.
For more information, go to www.firefighterscharities.org.