Hospitals try to make a patient's stay as comfortable as possible, and during certain times of the year they get a little help. The Christmas season is one of those times.
For several years, the Starlight Children's Foundation has been working with community partners to provide toys to kids spending time in the hospital around Christmas. This year, their Joy Drive kicked off Monday, November 29 and will run through December 15.
All you need to do is bring a brand new, unwrapped toy to a drop-off location. The toys will be split up and sent to local hospitals, so the toy you donate stays in your community.
There are two drop-off locations in Colorado Springs; at Holland and Hart Law Firm and DPC Development. In Monument, toys can be dropped-off at First Bank, and in Pueblo they can be taken to Central High School.
Lois Conatore, the faculty advisor for the National Honor Society at Central High School says, the Joy Drive gives the students the opportunity to experience the old adage, it's better to give than to receive. "Nobody likes to be [in the hospital] during the holidays, and we can bring a little bit of joy to these kids," says Conatore.
This year, Central High School will also be honoring the person or organization that donates the most toys, as they are trying to break the previous record of about 180 gifts.
Another way to donate is through your mobile device. All you have to do is text the word "Joy" to 27722 and a $10 donation will be made to the Foundation. All money donated from a number with a 719 area code will be split evenly between all participating hospitals in that same area.