By John Cooper
On Dec. 8, more than 300 children from the UC Davis Medical Center’s pediatric oncology ward were treated to a party in their honor. The “Active 20-30 Holiday Party for Children Fighting Cancer” is an annual event put on by the Active 20-30 Sacramento Club, a group dedicated to hosting events and raising money for local children’s charities. The party serves to bring holiday cheer to children who many not be able to leave the hospital, or even their rooms, due to health reasons.
For three hours on Saturday afternoon, these patients got the chance to act like kids: they bounced around bounce houses, participated in a magic show, and listened to a live band. In addition to a lunch served by volunteers, the kids also received a visit from Santa (played by Active 20-30 president David Brandenburger), complete with toys donated by community members.
Active 20-30, along with volunteers from other organizations, had been developing the event for weeks. Toy collection boxes were placed in businesses throughout Sacramento, and donations were also taken at several events hosted throughout the week leading up to the party. Volunteers gathered at the UC Davis MIND Institute early on the morning of the party to help wrap gifts, lay out food, and set up entertainment.
The party was said to be the best one in all the years Active 20-30 has been hosting it, and the response from the community was incredible. So many toys were collected that there were leftovers, even though every child in attendance was given two. Extra toys will be donated to other children’s groups around town, in hopes that as many kids as possible can have a happy holiday.
Active 20-30 is a club with the objective of serving the community while building lasting friendships and rendering service to youth. To make donations to the Active 20-30 benevolent fund or find out more information about the Active 20-30 Club of Sacramento, please visit http://www.sac2030.info/.