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Cheermobile to collect toy donations for patients


Toys to raise spirits of Banner Children’s patients during holidays

MESA, Ariz. (Nov. 26, 2013) – Banner Children’s invites Valley residents to help spread cheer to young hospital patients by donating toys which will be used during this holiday season and throughout next year. The brightly decorated Cheermobile will travel around the Valley leading up to the Christmas holiday, collecting donations for the toy closets at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale.

Toy donations can be made at the following dates and locations: 

  • 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at TruWest, 1345 W. Warner Road, Tempe
  • 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at TruWest,  5136 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix
  • 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at Chandler Fashion Center, near Guest Services, 3111 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler
  • 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,” said Rhonda Anderson, chief executive officer of Cardon Children’s Medical Center.

Pediatric patients at Cardon Children’s and Banner Thunderbird can choose a toy from the closet as a reward for their bravery after they go through a treatment or procedure.

Items that make great donations for pediatric patients include movies, coloring books, action figures, craft kits, Barbies and dolls, young adult fiction, puzzles, and new pajamas (both male and female). All items must be new to prevent the spread of infection. View a full list of items needed.

The Cheermobile is a partnership among Banner Health, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, and TruWest Credit Union. Toys can also be donated at any TruWest Credit Union in the Valley.

Banner Health is committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate medical care to children and their families. Banner Children's health care experts are experienced in caring for the special health needs of children, from treating minor injuries and illnesses, to chronic diseases and developmental issues. With Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in the West Valley and Cardon Children’s Medical Center in the East Valley, and pediatricians and pediatric specialists across the Valley, we’ve got pediatric care covered. 

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