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Students holding toy drive to support Banner Thunderbird toy closet


GLENDALE, Ariz. (Nov. 15, 2013) – Toy closets located within many of Banner Health’s Valley hospitals provide comfort to the youngest patients during what can be a scary stay at the hospital. Children are able to choose a toy from the closet as a reward for their bravery after going through a difficult or uncomfortable medical treatment or procedure.

Thanks to the generosity of students at Boulder Creek High School in north Phoenix, nonprofit Banner Thunderbird Medical Center’s toy closets will remain well stocked throughout the holidays.
During the month of November, the Boulder Creek High School Spiritline will hold a toy drive, collecting new toys to donate to the toy closets at the Glendale hospital. Students are requesting donations of new toys, appropriate for girls and boys of all ages up to 17 years of age.

“The toy closet is a great way to keep children positive during their hospital stay,” said Emily Ellis, RN, a clinical education specialist at Banner Thunderbird. “We are thrilled to have the support from area students who are so passionate about spreading joy to the children in need this holiday season.”

People can drop off their donations at the school, 40404 N. Galvilan Peak Parkway in Anthem, through Dec. 2. Spiritline members will deliver the toys to the nonprofit hospital, located at 5555W. Thunderbird Road in Glendale, on Dec. 4 and perform a cheer at 4 p.m. for staff and patients.

About Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Ariz., specializes in heart care, surgical services, obstetrics, emergency care, behavioral health, cancer care and pediatrics. The hospital is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health system with 24 hospitals in seven states

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