Posted at: 12/03/2012 6:51 AM
Updated at: 12/03/2012 6:53 AM
The thirteenth annual News10NBC Pirate Toy Fund kicked off Monday morning at Eastview Mall with Gary the Happy Pirate.
The goal this year is to collect 14,000 toys for children in our area.
Each year, the Pirate Toy Fund adds more programs that receive the donated toys and distributes them. Last week, News10NBC was at the Sawgrass Surgical Center in Brighton where they have a great toy closet.
Sawgrass is an outpatient facility that's part of the University of Rochester Medical Center and they perform about 100 surgeries on children per week. That’s why they love receiving toys from the Pirate Toy Fund. The nurses give the toys to the children to try make the process a bit nicer.
Kathleen Walther, R.N. said, “As anybody who has had surgery knows, there can be a lot of anxiety with surgery especially before hand and children handle anxiety in different ways and being able to play with something and something new before surgery, it kind of gets them the idea that maybe it's not such a bad thing.”
If you bring a new, unwrapped toy to one of the live locations throughout the week, you can sign up for a chance to win tickets to see Sesame Street Live! when the show comes to Rochester next year.
News10NBC will be live Monday through Wednesday at Eastview Mall, Thursday and Friday at The Marketplace Mall and we will wrap up at The Mall at Greece Ridge on Saturday, December 8.