UNION — The children of some needy families will have gifts to open Christmas morning thanks to physicians and employees of the Union Hospital District.
WBCU is sponsoring its annual “Truck Full of Toys” to collect and purchase toys and other gifts for the children of needy families in Union County. Now in its 14th year, the campaign gets its name from the truck WBCU decorates for participation in local Christmas parades and for live broadcasts from around the county. The truck is not only a visible reminder of the campaign, but also serves a collection point for donations of unwrapped toys and other gifts.
Another collection point for this year’s campaign was Wallace Thomson Hospital where the physicians and employees of the Union Hospital District — which is composed of the hospital, Ellen Sagar Nursing Home, Union County EMS, and Carolinas Health Associates — placed the toys and other gifts they wanted to donate to Truck Full of Toys.
On Friday, Tabitha Cooke, Purchasing Agent for Wallace Thomson Hospital, and Catherine Childers, Executive Director of the Union County Healthcare Foundation, presented WBCU President and CEO Chris Woodson with the donated items. Childers the donated gifts included baby dolls, toy trucks, board games, basketballs, footballs, bicycles, stuffed animals, bike helmets and shirts.
“Everyone, physicians and employees, who wanted to donated,” Childers said as she and Cooke put the toys in boxes for Woodson to take them to the truck.
This is the third year the hospital district has participated in the campaign and Cooke described Truck Full of Toys as a wonderful opportunity to help others, especially children.
“It’s just a great opportunity to help others during this special time of the year,” Cooke said. “It’s just been a joy to do, knowing that some child is going to be happy on Christmas morning.”
Woodson thanked the hospital district for its support of Truck Full of Toys and its physicians and employees for their generosity.
“I want to say how very appreciative I am of Wallace Thomson Hospital and the whole district, not just now but every day of the year,” Woodson said. “I’ve very appreciative of all the toys they’ve donated and how it will make some children in Union County very happy.”
The Truck Full of Toys campaign continues today at Wal-Mart which has a box set up at its General Merchandise entrance where customers can place gifts they’ve purchased for donation. WBCU is doing a live broadcast at the super center from 10 a.m.-noon after which radio station personnel will collect the donated items.
The campaign concludes Sunday with the Union Christmas parade which will be held at 3 p.m.
Toys and other gifts collected by Truck Full of Toys are turned over to the Union County Aid and Relief Effort for distribution.
UCARE is an organization of Union County employees who contribute a small portion of their salaries and hold fundraisers to raise funds to the help the needy.
In 2012, approximately 60 families received toys and gifts collected through Truck Full of Toys and distributed by UCARE.
This year’s distributions of donated toys and gifts are scheduled to get under way today.
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