Cydcor hosted a toy drive to benefit the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles during its annual corporate kick-off meeting.
About 70 participating Cydcor team members were given $50 each to create warm and fuzzy companions at Thousand Oaks’ Build-A-Bear and then deliver them to chronically and critically ill pediatric patients at the hospital. With the help and generosity of Build-A-Bear’s 10 percent discount, Cydcor was able to donate $3,000 in furry friends.
“As uncertainty looms throughout the country, Cydcor is thrilled to kick off 2009 with this positive team-building event,” said Gary Polson, chief executive officer of Cydcor. “We’re grateful we’re able to both give back to local business and brighten the day of a sick child as we continue to create a company culture of giving back to the communities in which we thrive.”
Childrens Hospital Los Angeles distributes approximately 500 toys a week. Children receive toys after a week-long hospital stay, when they’re preparing for a painful procedure or operation, have a birthday or simply don’t have toys from home.
“As a diversionary and a therapeutic approach, toys play an important part in enhancing the well being of hospitalized children,” said Wendi Kellaris, Manager – Volunteer Resources of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. “Cydcor’s efforts are greatly appreciated and provide our patients a positive experience that is so vital to their recovery.”
About Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
Founded in 1901, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles has treated the most seriously ill and injured children in Los Angeles for more than a century, and it is recognized throughout the country and around the world for its leadership in pediatric and adolescent health. Childrens Hospital is one of America’s premier teaching hospitals, affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California since 1932. It is a national leader in pediatric research. For more information, visit www.childrenshospitalLA.org.