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Fourth annual holiday toy drive and free pancake breakfast in District 3
By: Randy Policar
11/15/12 11:20 AM

    District 3 Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh’s 4th annual holiday toy drive gets underway on Thursday Nov. 15, when collection of toys to be brought to the patients at Cardon Children’s Medical Center will begin at several Mesa locations. The month-long toy drive will culminate at his free pancake breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Mesa Fire Station 207, 2505 S. Dobson Road.
            “No child should have to spend the holidays in the hospital, but sometimes it is unavoidable,” Councilmember Kavanaugh said.  “The hope is a new toy can help brighten their stay and make their holiday a little more enjoyable.”
            Councilmember Kavanaugh is asking for donations of new, unwrapped toys between Nov. 15 and Dec. 13. Donations will also be accepted at the free pancake breakfast on Dec. 15, which will also feature a performance by the Red Mountain High School Carolers. The toys will be delivered to Cardon Children’s Medical Center on December 17 by Councilmember Kavanaugh in a Mesa Fire Department truck.
            You can drop off toy donations until Thursday, Dec. 8 at the following locations:
  •          Southwest Ambulance, 708 W. Baseline Road
  •          Mesa City Plaza, 20 E. Main St.
  •          Dobson Ranch Library, 2425 S. Dobson Road
  •          La Casita Recreation Center, Dobson Ranch, 2719 S. Reyes
  •          EVIT, 1601 W. Main St. (Main Administration Building)
  •          EVIT, 1601 W. Main St. (Medical Building)
  •          EVIT East Campus, 6625 S. Power Road
  •          Central Police Substation, 120 N. Robson
  •          Mesa Police Headquarters, 130 N. Robson
  •          Red Mountain Police Substation, 4333 E. University Drive
  •          Superstition Police Substation, 2430 S. Ellsworth Road
            The East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) and its Goldmine Radio Station will contribute to the toy drive by going shopping for toys with Councilmember Kavanaugh at local Mesa stores. The Mesa Police Department will be encouraging all officers and police employees to donate and they will help deliver the toys to the children on December 17.
            For more information or to see a list of suggested toys, please visit The free pancake breakfast is open to all residents who would like to talk to Councilmember Kavanaugh about City of Mesa issues.  Representatives from several City departments will also be on hand to provide residents with assistance and information on City services.  For more information, contact Mesa City Council Assistant Charlotte McDermott at (480) 644-5294

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