UCI Health Family Health Center hosts annual toy giveaway

From tots to teens, thousands of kids receive toys

December 04, 2015

UCI Health Family Health Center in Santa Ana is the place to be on Friday, Dec. 18 for the annual Nancy Hurtado Miracle Toy Giveaway. Santa himself will kick off the festivities with a holiday greeting at 10 a.m. and then, assisted by his helpers as well as health center board members, volunteers and staff, will hand out toys until 4 p.m.

“This is our 21st giveaway, in honor of our former director, Nancy Hurtado, who passed away in 2009,” said Ivan Coziahr, executive director of the health center. “The number of people this event touches, and how much it means to them is incredible. We will be giving toys to more than 4,000 kids. For most of them, this will be the only toy they’ll get for Christmas. We get such great satisfaction from seeing the looks of joy on their faces.”

Behind the scenes, local businesses, UC Irvine Medical Center and other organizations are collecting new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls of all ages. Individuals and families who wish to donate may bring toys to the UCI Health Family Health Center, 800 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701 anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Thursday, Dec. 17.

“We give out toys to kids of all ages, from tots to teens,” Coziahr said. “It doesn’t matter how old the kids are, their faces light up when they receive their gift.”

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