Toy Drive 2017
We concluded 2017 with another successful Toy Drive in large thanks to our UCI community who generously donated hundreds of toys and teddy bears to our department. It seemed that no expenses were spared as we received a plethora of toys ranging from dolls and action figures to remote controlled drones. During the second week of December, UCI Police Department and UCI athletes gifted the toys to children at the UCI Medical Center. Loading the toys into classic red Radio Flyer wagons, our team made their way to children’s bedsides to surprise them with a toy and a special visit from Peter the Anteater. Children, hospital staff, and parents were overjoyed with our group’s visit and many of them used the opportunity to take photos with our staff. Seeing the many smiles made our cause more special knowing that we can enhance the holiday joy for young children who aren’t able to spend it at home. The remaining toys were gifted to children at Crime Survivors, Beckman Laser Institute, and a halfway house in Orange County.
The hospital staff expressed tremendous gratitude because they also see the struggles that the parents endure and gifting toys is a small gesture to show the Medical staff’s appreciation in their trust with the care of their child. “As insignificant as a stuffed animal might seem, the message that it delivers let’s people know that they’re part of our community and we haven’t forgotten about them”, said Officer Ortega. The UCI Athletics media team produced a wonderful video documenting our trip to the Medical Center with Chief providing a brief history on our annual drive and what it means to the department to do this each year. The video can be viewed here.
Chief Cisneros speaking to the media about the benefits and joys of our annual toy drive.
A portion of our toys are donated to children who visit the Beckman Laser Institute.
Every year, we donate a portion of our toys to Crime Survivors. Patricia Wenskunas, the organization's CEO, poses with one of our PD staff members.
This year we supported our local fire station with toys as they partnered with ABC 7's Spark of Love campaign.