Hospital asks for toy donations


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. –

For the first time, there is a shortage of toys for sick children at Chris Evert Children’s Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, according to hospital staff.

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s hard news to take.

“This year, the problem is there’s not enough toys,” said nurse Abby Hart.

Blame the economy or donation fatigue, Hart said people just haven’t given as much as they have in the past.

Twins Kayla and Karli, 9, spend every month at the hospital for treatment for sickle cell disease. The girls are used to being hooked up to machines, but said toys and games help distract them from the pain.

“During the holidays it’s key, almost. Because some of the kids, they’re so upset they’re here for the holidays,” Hart said.

“It’s very important that you have toys so that if people don’t want to play with you and you don’t want to play with them, you can play with your toys,” said Kayla.

Hart, along with other staff members, hopes people will continue to be generous to the children who have to spend the holidays in a hospital.

“You would wish anything that they didn’t have to be here but they do,” she said.

Anyone interested in donating toys can call Chris Evert Children’s Hospital at 954-355-4400, or can drop off items at the main desk at 1600 S. Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.