Greetings:

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy. What a difference a few weeks make as we are experiencing unprecedented times. On behalf of all of us at Valley Children's Healthcare Foundation, we would like to thank you for the support you have shown regarding recent decisions that Valley Children's Healthcare has made to protect our community. We are also tremendously grateful for the outpouring of support that occurred through Kids Day, which took place in a one-year-only digital format earlier this month.

While we have cancelled, postponed or adapted many events and activities, I wanted to reassure you that we are still working hard on behalf of the kids we serve. Children are still receiving the excellent care they deserve at Valley Children's, due in large part to your past support.

As we have had many questions about how members of the community can help, below in this edition of Philanthropy e-News you will find information about items needed here at Valley Children's Hospital, and where and when you can drop those items off if you are feeling encouraged to do so.

We will continue to be available to serve donors and supporters like you in the weeks ahead. If you have any questions about COVID-19, I want to encourage you to contact Valley Children's COVID-19 hotline at 353-3333 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. The team of experts at Valley Children's has the most up-to-date information and would be happy to answer your questions.

Please contact the Foundation team any time at (559) 353-7100, or via email at foundation@valleychildrens.org, if we can be of service.

Thank you.

Gratefully,
Robert V. Saroyan
President
Valley Children's Healthcare Foundation
COVID-19 Information Center
We understand you may have many questions regarding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Valley Children’s has developed this online information hub to keep you informed and help answer questions you may have about this quickly evolving topic.

We encourage parents to visit the California Department of Public Health website, which issues daily updates on COVID-19 in English and Spanish

Additionally, Valley Children's has set up a COVID-19 hotline, available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to help answer any questions you may have.

COVID-19 Hotline:
Toll free number: 888-286-9336
Local number: 559-353-3333

What if I have other questions?
You can find answers to other frequently asked questions on this quick resource guide, available for download in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF) .

Other resources:

Centers for Disease Control website: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
California Department of Public Health website: https://www.cdph.ca.gov
Valley Children’s Now Accepting Donated Supplies
As our community prepares to respond to an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, Valley Children’s has been humbled by the offers for donated supplies, handmade face masks and many inquiries about how individuals can help.

Requested donation categories include:
The physicians, staff, administrative leadership, and most importantly, the patients at Valley Children's, would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the community for their support of Kids Day: Digital Edition, a one-time-only Kids Day that did not feature newspaper sales for the first time in the event's 33-year history.

A special thank you to the many sponsors who still supported Kids Day despite the event's cancellation; to the schools who raised funds leading up to Kids Day; and to the hundreds of people who made online or text contributions. Together, we raised an amazing $178,540 to benefit the kids being treated at Valley Children's Hospital.
Jody Young (1943-2020)
Jody Young, a longtime Foundation Board member, past Chair of the Guilds Coordinating Council, and a Las Madrinas Guild member, passed away on March 22 . We offer our condolences to the entire Young family and their many friends during this time.

Jody Young was a member and leader in Las Madrinas Guild for many years. She served on the Foundation Board of Directors from January of 2008 until January of 2018 when she was selected as an inaugural board member emeritus. She was an extraordinary advocate, fundraiser, and supporter of Valley Children’s over many decades. We will be forever grateful for her legacy of generosity and leadership.
IHOP Herndon & Fresno
IHOP has been a valued partner since 2008 and has raised more than $144,000 for Valley Children's Hospital. ABC30 Action News went out to cover the exciting day at the Fresno IHOP located at Herndon Avenue and Fresno Street. Our very own George the Giraffe made a special appearance, reminding us that being a kid is the best! IHOP gave away free pancakes until 7 p.m that evening. We thank IHOP for many years of support...and delicious pancakes!
Acknowledge Your Caregiver
The Halo Program is a simple way for grateful patients, families and friends to acknowledge an exceptional caregiver who went above and beyond to make their experience at Valley Children’s a little easier. Share with your special caregiver how he or she made a difference and deserves to be recognized by clicking here to fill out the online form . Your caregiver will receive a special note informing them of your acknowledgement, as well as a custom-designed Halo lapel pin symbolizing service excellence.
Lazy Dog
Thank you t o Lazy Dog Restauran t & Bar for their Week of Giving that took place the first week of March. They donated 15% of diners' total bills to Valley Children's Hospital, which amounted to $2,280! Lazy Dog is located at 7965 N. Blackstone in the Villagio Shopping Center. Don’t forget...pets are welcome to bring their owners.
Thank you to “Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation” for their wonderful gift of $1,500. In addition to Dunkin’ Brands’ generous donations of treats, we are grateful for their continued support to the Children’s Fund, which meets the most immediate needs here at Valley Children's. We appreciate the generosity of their franchisees, guests, vendors, partners and employees who help bring joy to our patients and their families.
Yogurtland Logo
In support of International Frozen Yogurt Day, Yogurtland offered a free 5 oz. cup of yogurt with toppings to customers. Hundreds lined up at both of their locations. Yogurtland has been a supporter of Valley Children's Hospital for 10 years, and we were happy to be a part of the celebration. George the Giraffe was even there high-fiving, taking pictures and dancing with the kiddos. We are thankful for all that Ajay and his team do to help kids.
Extra Life
Do you like to play video games? In 2019, gamers in the Central Valley raised more than $24,000 for Valley Children's Hospital. Our Foundation has a special fundraising platform specifically for gamers called  Extra Life . By making an account on this platform gamers can raise funds that directly impact the kids that walk through our doors. Gamers can fundraise while they stream, connect their Extra Life Accounts to Facebook and Twitter, or by hosting gaming events. If you’re interested in creating an account, you can join our team here.
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