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Junior League of Roanoke Valley comes to Santa’s Rescue!

The holidays are going to look a lot different this year, especially for children being treated at Carilion Children’s. Because of COVID-19 safety guidelines, children must remain in their hospital rooms. They won’t get visits from Santa, performers to keep them entertained or be able to play with other children in the playroom.

Carilion Children’s usually relies on corporate sponsors to provide holiday gifts but because most people are working virtually, employee toy drives are less likely this year. Junior League of Roanoke Valley (JLRV) has asked the community to step up and help make the holidays brighter for these children.

We are thrilled to announce the Junior League of Roanoke Valley has collected more than 2,300 toys and other items for children in the hospital during their three Saturday drop-off events! <3

“It is an unprecedented year and a difficult time for many across the Roanoke Valley. Our members have a long history of stepping up during times of need, and this year is no different,” said Katie Jones, Executive Vice President of Junior League of Roanoke Valley. “We could not think of a better way to use our resources and put a smile on the faces of families during the holidays.”

“Over the years, we’ve been so fortunate to receive an outpouring of support from our community to make the holidays a little more normal for children who are with us,” said Dr. Donald Kees, interim chair of Carilion Children’s. “This year is different in a lot of ways, but the need is even greater because it may be more difficult for people to donate.”