UPDATE: March 19, 2018
According to reports by the Fresno Bee, the 31st annual Kids Day raised $627,696 through donations, which underscored the target goal of $650,000.
Thousands volunteer, raise hundreds of thousands for Valley Children’s Healthcare
Volunteers lined intersections before dawn across Fresno, selling newspapers, March 6. FCS student leadership and The Feather Online staff members hawked newspapers on the street corners of Alluvial/Cedar and Alluvial/Maple.
According to ABC30 News, 8,000 people participated in the 31st annual Kids Day through selling special edition Fresno Bee newspapers. The fundraising event was organized by The Fresno Bee and ABC 30 since 1988 to benefit Valley Children’s Hospital. A $1 (or more) donation buys a Kids Day newspaper, featuring stories from some of Valley Children’s Healthcare’s 13,000 annual patients.
For Superintendent Jeremy Brown, serving Children’s Hospital has always been a priority. Before working at FCS, hearing stories of healing led him to begin Kids Day at Silas Bartsch School in Reedley, Calif. He believes Kids Day not only provides an opportunity for students to give back to the community, but also demonstrates Christ’s love.
“It is a way for our campus to show our Fresno community that we care about more than our churches and school,” Brown said. “Also, supporting Valley Children’s Foundation is such a worthy cause. We are blessed as a community to have such a great establishment near Fresno. Sometimes the best witness for Christ isn’t spoken but acted out; this day serves more than one purpose.”
Molly Marquez, Manager of Annual Development at Valley Children’s Healthcare Foundation, share’s the hospital’s vision for the future of pediatric care in the area.
“Part of our vision for the future that we are working towards is to have Valley Children’s provided care to all kids in our service area within a 30-minute drive,” Marquez said. “That way you don’t have to come all the way out to Madera if you live out in the south Valley or the north. All of the money we are raising is making that dream a reality.”
Students line street corners around the city selling newspapers for #KidsDay2018, March 6. Support @CareForKids and purchase a paper for $1. @fresnochristian #thefeather @FresnoBee @ABC30 @CityofFresno pic.twitter.com/U2Hds1PPhB
— The Feather Online (@thefeather) March 6, 2018
Marquez shares a Kids Day memory from when she was a high school student participating in Kids Day.
“Back in high school as a volunteer at Buchanan High School, we were selling at Clovis/Herndon and there was this older car that came up,” Marquez said. “This family really wanted to buy a paper and you could tell they were really scrounging to get enough coins to make a dollar. It turns out they had $2. They were so happy to give those $2. For a lot families that is a big deal and that’s their way of contributing.”
The Fresno Bee aims to raise $650,000, all of which will go to Valley Children’s Hospital. Fresno Christian students raised $2,057.37 last year, a total Associated Student Body President Roman Endicott, ’18, hopes to beat.
“I think that very important for all the student leaders to be out there on Kids Day because it shows that is something we care about,” Endicott said. “We’re willing to do it, and I think that if other people see that, then we can also get some more participation from the rest of the school to come out and have fun with us. I think we should shoot for a little bit more than we did last year.”
Campus student, Stephen Walters, ’18, supported Kids Day by donating money for the special edition Fresno Bee newspaper.
“I did buy a newspaper,” Walters said. “I think its wonderful thing to get more people engaging with the community and raising money for families who may not be able to afford (medical) procedures. Given the opportunity, I would volunteer in future Kids Days. I think that some people are gently forced, but others are genuinely interested in helping their community.”
Fresno Mayor Lee Brand appreciates the support the community gives to Valley Children’s.
“Kids Day is a tradition that has gone on for many years and they raise over $600,000 for Valley Children’s Hospital,” Mayor Brand said. “It’s like an institution and a manual event and I’m proud to be here as the mayor to support it. I’ve probably been coming out here for eight years in different locations. Fresno’s a great city; there’s people who don’t have a lot of money who are willing to pitch in and have a big heart. That’s probably a big part of Kids Day is the big heart that Fresno has. I did a tour last year and Valley Children’s has really grown a lot. It’s a great mission for the local area.”
Back in high school as a volunteer at Buchanan High School, we were selling at Clovis/Herndon and there was this older car that came up,” Marquez said. “This family really wanted to buy a paper and you could tell they were really scrounging to get enough coins to make a dollar. It turns out they had $2. They were so happy to give those $2. For a lot families that is a big deal and that’s their way of contributing. — Molly Marquez, Children’s Healthcare Manager of Annual Development
Kids Day has raised $8.6 million over the event’s 30 years for Valley Children’s Health Care. The hospital provides high-quality medical care specifically for children from birth to young adulthood.
ASB President, Roman Endicott, ’18, shares how Valley Children’s impacts his life.
“I think that it is very important for all the student leaders to be out there on Kids Day because it shows that it is something we care about,” Endicott said. “We’re willing to do it, and I think that if other people see that, then we can also get some more participation from the rest of the school and get them to come out and have fun with us.
“I’ve had a lot of friends who have relied on Children’s hospital for health issues, and I know that there are people that come from all up and down California and probably even beyond just for that hospital,” Endicott continued. “I’ve even had surgeries there. So I think it is a very important part of our community and Fresno.”
After less than two full days of counting, the #KidsDay2018 tally is already at $491,368! Lots more donations left to calculate. Thank you again for supporting our patients, families and programs!
— Valley Children’s (@CareForKids) March 8, 2018
Trista Brown, Jeremy Brown’s daughter, recently was cared for by Valley Children’s after being diagnosed with Idiopathic Severe Aplastic Anemia. Brown appreciates the support the hospital provided for his daughter.
“My daughter, Trista, was diagnosed with Idiopathic Severe Aplastic Anemia in the fall of 2016,” Jeremy said. “Valley Children’s Hospital has been involved with her treatment ever since. Having access to such great care has been such a blessing to our lives. My support of Kid’s Day started before that event. I had a friend whose daughter had a severe genetic condition and Valley Children’s has been instrumental in her care as well.”
“I’m out here because I’m supporting the kids of the San Joaquin Valley,” Castro said. “Valley Children’s Hospital provides high quality healthcare to all of our kids and many of those kids are future Fresno State Bulldogs. I love it, we’ve got a lot of work for students here, alumni, friends. It’s just a wonderful partnership that Fresno State enjoys with Valley Children’s Hospital. Universities play such an important role in our society because we prepare the next generation of leaders.
“The students that we graduate go out and lead in every field, whether it’s education, healthcare or business, they can make a huge difference every day in our community,” Castro continued. “(I have participated in Kids Day) since I became president, which was almost five years ago. I love coming out and supporting Kids Day and doing whatever I can to help. The thing I love the most is seeing our Fresno State students involved in Kids Day because it’s a form of community service. At Fresno State we really emphasize learning through students. I appreciate all of the students who are out here because it is a form of service to others and that is such an important part of leadership.”
Fresno Christian students sold over 900 newspapers and matched the school’s previous record of $2,500 with a total of $2,526 this year. According to Valley Children’s of March 8, tallied donations have reached $491,368.
For more about Kids Day 2018, read Join the Discussion: Kids Day 2018. For more on previous year’s Kids Day, read Campus unites, rallies to fundraise for 29th Kids Day.
Feather photojournalists share the story of Kids Day 2018 with a compiled slideshow of images captured during the event.
Feather videojournalists filmed what transpired at campus claimed street corners and at the Fresno “Celebrity Corner” on Shaw/Blackstone avenue.@thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.
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