Rockford Memorial Hospital hosts annual Holiday Toy Drive Dec. 5
Online Staff Report
A group of area professionals will collect hundreds of toys for pediatric patients at Rockford Memorial Hospital Wednesday, Dec. 5.
The RHS Ambassadors, a volunteer organization of the Rockford Memorial Development Foundation, is holding its annual Holiday Toy Drive Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Café 2400 at Rockford Memorial Hospital.
More than 100 people are expected to attend the festive event, including RHS Ambassadors and community members who have donated toys or made contributions to the Toy Drive.
Among the attendees is 9-year-old Jack O’Neil who has spent considerable time in the hospital and started a foundation to provide toys to hospitalized children.
O’Neil will speak about the need for hospitalized children to play and how toys bring both fun and normalcy to their experience.
Several area organizations, schools and businesses who are contributing to the Toy Drive will be attending the event. The Rockford Boylan Catholic High School Octaves Choir will provide holiday musical entertainment.
Following breakfast, Santa Claus will begin delivering the toys in wagons to children hospitalized on the Pediatric and Pediatric Intensive Care Units of Rockford Memorial Hospital, as well as to those youngsters receiving care in other areas of the health system.
Any additional toys collected will be used year-round to stock waiting rooms and play areas throughout the health system.
Posted Dec. 4, 2012
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