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CHOC CHILDREN'S TO HOST HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE ON DECEMBER 17TH
December 01, 2011

CHOC Children’s is hosting a holiday toy drive on Saturday, December 17th, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., in the hospital employee parking lot, located at 557 S. Main Street, in Orange.  Community members, who’d like to remember CHOC patients and families this holiday season, are encouraged to participate in the toy drive.  Due to construction on campus, donations can no longer be accepted in the main hospital lobby, as has been the practice in previous years.

For those unable to participate in the toy drive on December 17th, there are other ways to support CHOC this holiday season:
• Log onto www.amazon.com and search for the “Children’s Hospital of Orange County” wish list.  Donations will be shipped directly to CHOC.
• Donations can be dropped off during the month of December at Orange County Harley-Davidson, 8677 Research Drive, in Irvine.
• Donations can be mailed to: CHOC Children’s, Child Life Department, 455 S. Main Street, Orange, CA, 92868.
• The community can learn about other ways to support CHOC by visiting www.choc.org/giving.

Due to limited storage space and to ensure a selection of items that are developmentally appropriate for the diverse patient population served by CHOC, donations of gift cards are appreciated.  Visa gift cards, or gift cards to stores such as Target, Toys “R” Us, Babies “R” Us, Walmart, Michaels and Barnes & Noble are used by CHOC’s Child Life Specialists to purchase toys, craft supplies, books, DVDs and gifts when needed throughout the year and based on the developmental age and gender of current patients.  These items are used as part of distraction techniques and in therapeutic play to help patients cope and adjust to illness and hospitalization.


For more information about the holiday toy drive, please call 714-289-4519.

About CHOC Children's: Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2013-2014) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital, CHOC Children's is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional healthcare network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence - The CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.

CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence.  Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Pediatric Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.

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Media Contact:
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680
email: pr@chocchildrens.org

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