American Medical Response (AMR) is delivering a different kind of care this holiday as it visited seven area schools to pick up toys that will be donated to families needing a little extra cheer this Christmas. In partnership with IHPC, AMR has again generously donated their time, crew, and an ambulance to pick up and deliver more than 400 toys to the Reach Out offices in Upland, this afternoon. Everyone felt a little like St. Nick as toys were loaded onto wagons and taken upstairs to be sorted and wrapped according to age and gender. AMR also raised more than $500 in gift cards for the older kids. How did they do it (we hope they don't mind us sharing)? Jeans Day! AMR staff were allowed to wear jeans to work on Fridays if they donated a $10 gift card to the toy drive - genious! Maybe this incentive will catch on in offices everywhere!
The AMR crew will be back again next Monday to help wrap the gifts, and then return for the Reach Out Holiday Posada on Wednesday where the gifts will be handed out by Santa. They will even bring an ambulance so kids will have a chance to climb on board and ask questions - another popular attraction of the evening.
We want to think Shalon Watkins and Travon McMillan for going from school to school, thanking the many health pathway students who facilitated the toy drive at their respective schools. AMR gives from the heart and just knowing that deserving families will have Christmas this year is thanks enough for them. We are honored to work with such dedicated community partners!
*About the Posada: Every year, Reach Out invites our partners and all of the families we serve, to a holiday posada where each child receives a special wrapped gift from Santa (and pinky swear that they've been nothing but "nice" all year long!). It is the highlight of an evening filled with food, hot drinks, music and plenty of good cheer to go around. This year we will open our doors and welcome nearly 600 moms, dads, and kids! For more information, please contact Reach Out at 909-982-8641.
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