Monday, January 11, 2010

January 2010
Andrea's Closet

On January 30th, we'll help Andrea's Closet ( by helping to sort, inventory, and organize donated toys for eventual distribution to hospitals around the state. This will be a good hands-on project for the kids and an opportunity to help the organization on the "back end" of its operations. The kids will be awed by the thousands of toys at the Andrea's Closet warehouse. Kenny Brunk will be on hand to talk about the organization he and his wife founded and thank the kids for their service.

Andrea's Closet is a non-profit organization founded by Kenny and Traci Brunk and named after their daughter, Andrea. Andrea died of acute lymphoblastic leukemia just days before her 10th birthday. The Brunks found that having a toy at her side helped Andrea deal with the pain and fear of being in the hospital. Knowing the impact that a simple toy could have on Andrea's treatment, the Brunks decided to help other children have a more positive hospital experience by providing toys to children when they are undergoing frightening medical procedures and treatments. Since opening its first Andrea's Closet in 2002, the organization has created 40 toy resource areas in 17 hospitals throughout Arizona. In 2008 alone, Andrea's Closet gave away over 350,000 toys to children in hospitals! Your time and effort will bring comfort to countless sick children.

The details:

When: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30pm, Saturday January 30th
Where: Andrea's Closet Warehouse, 2030 W. Deer Valley Rd., Suite B, Phoenix, 85027
Dress: It can get chilly in the warehouse, so bring jackets and dress in layers

Snacks will be provided.

The warehouse is near I-17 and Deer Valley Road, so carpools are encouraged.

In addition to the sorting, the kids are encouraged to bring their own new toy donations. If each Arcadia Kid asked friends and relatives for three toys, just think of the donation we could make! Andrea's Closet has a particular need for girl toys of any age. Cash donations are also accepted.

Thank you so much for supporting our community and showing our kids the difference volunteering makes!


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