by: Kristen Guilfoos
Amarillo, Texas - Amarillo residents came together today to make sure every sick child in the Texas Panhandle receives the help they need.
This is the first year the Elk's Lodge held Lindsey's Toy Run. All of the proceeds from Sunday's event, along with all of the toys collected, will go directly to the Covenant Children's Hospital in Lubbock... Which serves many sick children from our area.
"That's $2,000 just from today alone."
All of that money will go to the Lindsey's Toy Run fund... named in honor of a former Covenant Children's Hospital patient, who was a patient there for several years before passing away from cancer at age 16.
The money and toys collected here today could not have come at a better time... In a tough economy, finding the money to grant wishes to sick children is harder than ever.
Ann Denesha is with the Elks Lodge in Lubbock. She says, "Every other day they try to give a toy to the child and that's why they need all these toys and these funds to that if they run out of toys they've got money to purchase more toys. Whether it be toys, coloring books, whatever the kids might want."
Wayne Jordan is with the Elks Lodge in Amarillo. He says, "These toys are not only for the patients but also the siblings."
Covenant Children's Hospital is one of only seven licensed children's hospital in Texas. It specializes in pediatric intensive emergency care, serving an average of 850 sick children every year.
Denesha says, "It makes your heart swell to be able to help these kids. You see what condition they're in, and it's just like, you've gotta help. We've gotta do something to help these kids."
The Amarillo Elks Lodge paired up with the eight other lodges in our area to raise money for the hospital.