LAS VEGAS, March 19, 2016
The Tark Toy Drive will
begin collecting new toys for children suffering from strokes, injuries or any illnesses this Sunday, March 20, 2016. Children at University Medical Center in Las Vegas and Valley Children's Hospital in Central California will benefit from these collections. Toys can be dropped off at various locations and will remain open though April 9. Locations are listed on our website tarktoydrive.com
In February, both Fresno State and UNLV held Tark Toy Drives during their basketball games. Over 700 new stuffed toys were collected! There is a special bond between Fresno State and UNLV because of the impact Naismith Hall of Fame Coach Jerry Tarkanian made in Fresno and Las Vegas.
Jerry was loved in both cities and now the Tarkanian family is pleased to announce these communities will honor him by making a difference in the lives of children in need.
Last April, Coach Tarkanian's grandson, then five-year-old Jerry, suffered a stroke. His family credits the quick medical attention of University Medical Center of Southern Nevada and an outpouring of love, thoughts and prayers from so many for his amazing recovery.
While young Jerry was being treated, his family saw so many other children receiving medical care and families that were trying to bring them comfort. That is what inspired Amy and Danny Tarkanian to raise awareness - not just about pediatric strokes, but that strokes can happen at any age as the late Coach Tarkanian also suffered from strokes during his life - so they launched the Tark Toy Drive.
The Tarkanian Family hopes the Tark Toy Drive gives children the chance to cuddle with a soft stuffed animal or play with a new toy, so that these special children experience comfort and joy, as well as give some peace of mind to parents who are unable to always be by their side.
For more information on participating drop off locations in Central California and
Las Vegas, or how to make a donation please visit