Devereux helps Toys for Tots program spread joy this holiday season
Devereux Pennsylvania CIDDS offered its space to organizers of a Chester County Toys for Tots event when they didn’t have a location to deliver toys to more than 1,500 children for the holidays.
Betty A. Hamilton, a volunteer through the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center, said she was “honored” to be part of the event.
From left: Joan McLimans, Cecelia Figueroa and Ann Figueroa, who volunteered through Chester County Early Intervention, helped sort toys for local children in need.
When organizers of a Chester County Toys for Tots event
lost the site they planned to use to sort and distribute toys for those less
fortunate this holiday season, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania
stepped in to help.
Devereux Pennsylvania’s Children’s Intellectual and
Developmental Disabilities Services (CIDDS)
center offered its cafeteria as a sorting and distribution center for the toys
and games. The December 14 Toys for Tots event was organized and facilitated by
Horizon House’s Community
Crossroads Recovery Center and its nonprofit partners, Stages Arts Initiative
More than 50 community volunteers, from several area
organizations and nonprofits, formed an assembly line at Devereux Pennsylvania
CIDDS to unload two box trucks stuffed with more than 40,000 toys. Volunteers
then sorted the toys into piles, based on age and gender, and placed them into
bags for area service providers to pick up and deliver to more than 2,000
children in Chester County, Pa.
“This event grows in magnitude each and every year, serving
more and more families in need in our community. For us, helping out was a
no-brainer,” said Lynn Verdone,
quality management director/administrator for Devereux Pennsylvania CIDDS. “Event
organizers needed a large enough space – which our cafeteria provides – to sort
and bag tens of thousands of games, stuffed animals, action figures and other
toys. We jumped at the opportunity to support this wonderful cause.”
The Toys for Tots event, which began in 2012 and served
about 50 Chester County families, now serves more than 750 families.
Located in West Chester, Pa., Devereux Pennsylvania CIDDS
serves children, adolescents and young adults – from birth to age 21 – with
autism spectrum disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and
behavioral and emotional disorders.
To learn more about
Devereux Pennsylvania’s programs and services, click here. To learn more about Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, click here.
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