HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – International children’s charity Kids Wish Network has delivered toys and gifts approximately valued at $40,000 to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital of Hollywood, Florida. Kids Wish Network’s Holiday of Hope Gift Bank is a unique gift-giving program that was created to bring comfort to kids in children’s care facilities across the country, by distributing brand new toys and games donated by some of America’s top manufacturers. These Gift Banks provide a welcome distraction for children facing traumatic or life threatening illnesses.
“Our Holiday of Hope Gift Banks provides children in medical facilities nationwide a break from their treatments, as well as hope and encouragement for a healthier future,” said Anna Lanzatella, Executive Director of the Kids Wish Network. “We are so grateful for the generous support of the Arnold and Joy Gottlieb Family Foundation, which has helped us provide gifts to children at area hospitals for the past six years.”
Kids Wish Network is an international charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Although known for its wish granting program for children facing life-threatening illnesses, Kids Wish Network also works with over 200 hospitals and care facilities throughout the United States to distribute approximately $2 million in gifts and necessities each year.
Interview with Katie Torres, Child Life Specialist at Joe DiMaggio’s Children Hospital
“We love our collaboration with Kids Wish Network; they make an enormous donation to us every year. The toys and activities provided help the kids forget why they’re here for a little bit. We love Kids Wish Network and thank you so much” said Katie Torres, a child life specialist at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.
The generous sponsorship of the Arnold and Joy Gottlieb Family Foundation has allowed Kids Wish Network to specifically provide hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of toys and necessities through their Holiday of Hope Gift Banks to hospitals in Southwest Florida, including The Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in Ft. Myers and Chris Evert Children’s Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale.
Kids Wish Network board member, Andy Gottlieb, a trustee of the Arnold and Joy Gottlieb Family Foundation, was on hand to help distribute gift bags to pediatric patients. Some of the patients who were well enough to leave their rooms were treated to arts and crafts activities and for those who were too ill, Gottlieb visited patient rooms and distributed gifts and toys.
“The kids all had a blast at the arts and craft activity and the children who were unable to leave their rooms were so thankful to have a toy delivered to their rooms. The pallets were full of wonderful toys” said Christina, the Special Events Coordinator at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.
If you know of a hospital that could benefit from its Hero of the Month or Gift Bank programs, please call Kids Wish Network at 727-937-3600 or toll free at 888-918-9004.