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A Toy Story - Local Hospitals Bring Christmas Spirit

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December 16, 2012 - When a hospital makes a pledge to care for the community, they don't just do it inside the walls of the medical center. This holiday season local hospitals are stepping out to bring the Christmas spirit to the neighborhood. On December 8th you could find staff from San Dimas Community Hospital (SDCH) at the San Dimas Downtown Holiday Extravaganza where they sponsored Santa's Hayride and had a booth providing information on staying healthy through the holidays.

"It's a pleasure working with San Dimas Community Hospital and various community agencies that came together to make this event a success," said Erica Rodriguez, Recreation Coordinator for the City of San Dimas.

And that's just the beginning of SDCH's holiday participation. The hospital "Fun Committee" is also arranging for food bank donations in the days before Christmas and the hospital donated raffle gifts for the "Shop Local" campaign that promotes local businesses during the holidays. The senior center and the hospital have a long standing relationship, and the hospital was there for them again sponsoring the "Holiday Party Pub" on December 13th, where the seniors sipped mocktails (alcohol-free cocktails) and socialized. The hospital also handed out little holiday gifts of mugs and holiday lotions.

Bringing joy to children is one of the most rewarding of holiday activities, and San Dimas Community Hospital aims to do just that. The staff at the hospital is collecting toys for LeRoy Hayne's Gift Campaign where they are sponsoring ten kids and teens. The hospital is also participating in the McKinley Children's Center "Toys N' Joys" program to help provide gifts for the more than 500 children in various Mckinley Center programs. The Center provides programs and services for abused, abandoned and neglected boys and girls, and offers programs that serve the community in a variety of ways, from educational resources to adoption assistance. The hospital Christmas tree has ornaments with a child's name, age and wish list on it, and staff members have been encouraged to take an ornament and gift the child with something from their list.

Additionally, Montclair Hospital Medical Center is participating in the Montclair Chamber of Commerce Gift Drive, supporting another of our Foothill communities. A little further down the road, Chino Valley Medical Center has "adopted" five families for which they will provide holiday gifts and goodies, and has also sponsored this weekend's YMCA Reindeer Romp 5k Walk/Run to raise funds for the Chino Valley YMCA kid's programs. It's not too late for community members to give back as well - for information on donating to the McKinley Children's Center visit and for the West End YMCA visit