BRAWLEY — Pioneers Memorial Hospital has joined forces with the Toys for Tots program of the U.S. Marine Corps and United Way of Imperial County to acquire more toys for underprivileged children of the Imperial Valley.
Pioneers has had its own toy drive for about 15 years, initiated by employee Lupe Amarillas. Amarillas started the drive in her home and eventually took it to the hospital.
Pioneers Patient Relations Specialist Clyde Carson said the hospital usually collects 200 to 400 toys every year.
"It's a win-win situation," Carson said of the partnership with Toys for Tots.
Laurie Nilson, executive director of United Way of Imperial County, said Toys for Tots is "really catching on" in the Valley.
She said the drive has collection bins at Vons in Brawley, PMH, Wal-Mart in El Centro and Calexico, Sears in El Centro, City Hall in El Centro and at the United Way office in El Centro.