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Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh hosts Fifth Annual Holiday Toy Drive and Pancake Breakfast
By: Randy Policar
11/4/13 7:58 AM

District 3 Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh will hold his fifth annual holiday toy drive beginning on Thursday, Nov. 7. Toys can be donated at several locations throughout Mesa and can also be brought to Councilmember Kavanaugh’s free holiday pancake breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Mesa Fire Station 207, located at 2505 S. Dobson Road.
 
“It is always heartbreaking when a child has to spend the holidays in the hospital rather than at home,” Councilmember Kavanaugh said. “The hope is that the gift of a new toy can keep a smile on their face and make their holiday season a little brighter.”
 
New, unwrapped toys can be donated at 10 different Mesa locations between Nov. 7 and Dec. 9. The toys will be delivered to Cardon Children’s Medical Center on Dec. 11 by Councilmember Kavanaugh, members of the Mesa Fire and Medical Department, members of the Mesa Police Department and Mesa PD’s Blue Santa. The toys will be escorted to the hospital in the historical Mesa Fire Department fire truck, MFMD fire trucks and Mesa Police Department cruisers.
 
You can drop off toy donations until Monday, Dec. 9 at the following locations:
  • Dobson Ranch Library, 2425 S. Dobson Road
  • La Casita Recreational Center, 2719 S. Reyes
  • Mesa City Plaza, 20 E. Main St.
  • Mesa Public Library, 46 E. 1st St.
  • Red Mountain Multigenerational Center, 7550 E. Adobe
  • Mesa Arts Center Box Office,1 E. Main St.
  • EVIT Medical Building, 1601 W. Main St.
  • EVIT East Campus, 6625 S. Power Road
  • Fiesta Police Station, 1010 W. Grove Ave.
  • Mesa Police Headquarters, 130 N. Robson

The East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) will once again contribute to the annual toy drive. Last year, students from EVIT purchased more than $1,000 worth of new toys to donate to the drive, helping Councilmember Kavanaugh collect more than 900 toys for the Cardon Children’s Medical Center toy closet. With EVIT’s help, the 2012 toy drive was the largest ever.
 
The holiday pancake breakfast will feature musical performances by the Red Mountain Carolers from Red Mountain High School at 8:15 a.m., followed by the Dobson High School Carolers at 9 a.m.
 
For more information or to see a list of suggested toys, please visit http://www.mesaaz.gov/council/kavanaugh/pdf/2013toydrive.pdf. The free pancake breakfast is open to all residents who would like to talk with Councilmember Kavanaugh about issues in the City of Mesa. Representatives from several City departments will also be on hand to provide residents with assistance and information on City services. For more information, contact Jared Archambault, City Council Assistant, at 480-644-6275 or at jared.archambault@mesaaz.gov. 
 
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