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ACH Hosts Inaugural Festival of Stars Toy Drive in NWA on Friday, Dec. 18

(Springdale) On Friday, December 18, from 7 am to 5 pm, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Clinic in Lowell will host the NWA Festival of Stars, a holiday toy and donation drive benefiting patients who spend the season at ACH.

Individuals, families and community groups have the opportunity to make the holiday season even brighter for these children by making an in-kind donation of new toysor gift cards. This year, donors also have the option of making a monetary donation to the Festival of Stars, and anonymous donors will match those gifts dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000.

“We are excited to kick-off the NWA Festival of Stars Toy Drive at the ACH Clinic in Lowell,” said Kim Dutton, Director of Development for ACH Foundation. “The need is great and we are grateful to this community for supporting all ACH patients this holiday season.”

Donors may drop off new toys at the ACH Clinic in Lowell located at 519 Latham Drive, Lowell, 72745. All the funds raised at the NWA Festival of Stars will support patients and programs. Toy donations will be delivered to the hospital campus and given to ACH patients in Little Rock and the ACH Clinic in Lowell outpatient clinic. If you are not able to bring a toy but still want to help, you can donate online! Go to www.giving.archildrens.org/festivalofstars

Local business, Propak Corporation has generously donated a trailer and the manpower to personally deliver all donated toys to ACH before the holidays.

To find out about the items ACH patients need most, please visit archildrens.org/festival. To protect patients from infections, all items donated must be new and in original packaging. Groups with questions can contact ACH at (479) 725-0404 or e-mailvolunteerservices@archildrens.org.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas and one of the largest in the United States serving children from birth to age 21. Over the past century, ACH has grown from a small orphanage in Little Rock to a statewide network of care that includes an expansive pediatric teaching hospital and research institute, as well as regional clinics in several counties. ACH also reaches children across the state and nation through a range of telemedicine capabilities that ensures every child has access to the best care available, regardless of location or resources. The hospital’s campus in Little Rock spans 36 city blocks and houses 370 beds, a staff of 500 physicians, 80 residents in pediatrics and pediatric specialties and more than 4,000 employees. A campus under development in northwest Arkansas will bring 225,000 square feet of inpatient beds, clinic rooms and diagnostic services to children in that region of the state. A private nonprofit, ACH boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking research — all dedicated to fulfilling its mission of championing children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow. For more info, visit archildrens.org.

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