With their lights flashing, a caravan of nearly 20 police cruisers circled Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital on Tuesday.
Their cargo? American Girl dolls, toy trucks and ambulances with lights and sirens, Mattel Memory games and Disney princess dolls.
“It’s a great day,” Paul Anglim, City of Grandville Chief of Police, said. “It’s the smiles on the children’s faces that makes it all worth it.”
First Responders Children’s Foundation, in partnership with Grandville Police and Fire Department, Silent Observer and other Kent County first responder agencies, delivered big on their Toy Express program.
The toys will be used at this year’s North Pole Toy Shop in the Balk Café at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, where busy parents who have children in the hospital may select gifts to be wrapped for their little ones.
Launched amid a flurry of supply chain issues, this year’s Toy Express program moved ahead at full steam.
“We’re so pleased to have donations like this from the generosity of the community,” said Kelly Dyer, president of Spectrum Health and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundations. “The generosity is simply amazing. It has been such a challenging year for everyone, and we are grateful for those who make time for this kind of thing.”
“Bringing a little bit of joy…that’s what we’re trying to do here,” she added.