Mercyhealth Development Foundation Hosts Successful Toy Drive

Event raised $18K and collected hundreds of toys for pediatric patients

ROCKFORD, Illinois – The Mercyhealth Development Foundation held its annual Holiday Toy Drive on December 14, raising nearly $18,000 and collecting hundreds of toys for pediatric patients receiving care at Mercyhealth. Generous donors dropped off toys that morning, enjoyed a delicious breakfast, listened to holiday music provided by the Boylan High School Octaves and a enjoyed a special visit from Santa.

Several area organizations collected toys for the Toy Drive including the K Cancer Baseball and Softball Teams, local Girl Scout and Cub Scout Troops, Rockford Public Schools Superintendent’s Advisory Council, Freeport Aquin High School Servant Leaders, and St. Rita Catholic School, among others. Additionally, families with children who have benefitted from toy donations while receiving care at Mercyhealth gave inspirational testimonials.

Following breakfast, Santa put smiles on children’s faces by delivering the new toys to patients hospitalized on the pediatric unit, pediatric intensive care unit, and neonatal intensive care unit at Mercyhealth Hospital-Rockton Avenue.

Toys can make a tremendous difference to a child facing illness or injury. They help distract, soothe, and entertain young patients and are distributed year-round to playrooms, therapy departments, and waiting areas at Mercyhealth.

The Mercyhealth Development Foundation extends its gratitude to all the individuals and businesses who donated toys or made a monetary gift to the Toy Drive, including premier sponsors Mercyhealth emergency response MD-1 physicians, MorningStar Media Group and Mortenson Construction.

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