Glendora residents came through for the second year in a row to help bring cheer to kids at City of Hope.
This year’s efforts focused on the teenagers going through treatment. As you may recall, last year Glendora City News hosted a toy drive that collected over 500 toys for the kids at City of Hope. After reviewing those amazing results, one age group left out were the teens, with the majority of the gifts collected being for younger children, such as games, toys, coloring books, etc…
So this year, we announced our focus would be a gift card drive to help garner support for the teens who are just as deserving and unfortunately suffering as well during this holiday season. These teens often like gift cards to places like Amazon, Target and iTunes to purchase items from their bed while undergoing treatment.
Along with Glendora residents, GCN was able to drop off almost one hundred gift cards on Wednesday to City of Hope, valued around $2,000. While there is no exact number of teenagers in treatment available for public knowledge, it was confirmed that we raised enough gift cards for each teenager lying in a hospital bed at the facility to receive one.
Furthermore, there was enough for some outpatient teenagers who will be home, to also receive one due to the generosity of Glendora residents.
Director of Development for City of Hope, Yolanda Guerrero, wanted those who donated to know just how much this means.
“During this season of giving, City of Hope is very grateful for the generosity of Glendora City News and Glendora residents who donated gift cards for teenagers in treatment at this time. These teens are often too old for the many toys donated, and are very thankful to be able to shop for gifts when they are able. Thank you to all that participated in this wonderful holiday giving of the heart”, Guerrero said.
In addition to the gift cards, some kind residents continued to bring toys for the younger patients. Over 25 toys were also dropped off along with the gift cards to City of Hope.
We hope this brings at least momentary happiness and a smile to those kids and teenagers as they remain brave during treatment. Merry Christmas to them all!