The gift of a new toy can truly make a difference in the life of a child in the hospital or going through cancer treatments.

To give smiles to kids who need them the most, consider participating in these two local toy drives.
Holiday Toy Drive to Benefit Children’s Cancer Network
The Children’s Cancer Network is an Arizona-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families fight the terrible reality of childhood cancer. They provide financial, psychosocial, and educational support to children fighting cancer, their siblings, and their families throughout their journey.

To help brighten these children’s holidays, locals can donate new, unwrapped toys in the $10-$15 price range. Donations can be dropped off at Black Rock Bouldering Gym, located at 10436 N. 32nd Street, until Tuesday, December 7. To learn more, call the gym at 602-843-2724.

Armer Foundation Hosting 3rd Annual Holiday Toy Drive to Benefit the Banner Cardon Pediatric ICU
Through December 15, The Armer Foundation – a local nonprofit that helps families with children who have extreme medical needs – is hosting their 3rd Annual Holiday Toy Drive to benefit the Banner Cardon Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Oncology Unit. Nineteen local businesses throughout the Valley are taking part as drop-off locations for the unopened toys that will provide holiday spirit, smiles and hope to children battling for their lives. Locally, toys can be dropped off at 32 Shea, located at 10626 N 32nd Street.

“Having been in these families’ shoes ourselves, we know what a difference even just one toy can make in a child’s life when they spend day in and day out in the same hospital room,” says Jennifer Armer, founder of the Armer Foundation. “While we are often helping with families’ medical expenses, we always like to do something extra for the holidays and are overjoyed by the number of local businesses who are helping us give back to these children and their families.”

To donate, the Armer Foundation is asking that Valley residents drop off any new, unwrapped toys for kids between the ages of newborn to teens. For a full list of locations participating in the Holiday Toy Drive and list of needs, visit