OCEANSIDE — “Just ask and they’ll be there.” That’s how longtime Tri-City Medical Center volunteer Mary Crooks describes the group of friends who have helped her donate countless toys to the Pediatric Unit.
Crooks and her volunteers were treated to a special lunch Sept. 8 by Tri-City Hospital Foundation, in thanks for their donation of $3,000 plus toys and books for the Pediatric Unit.
Crooks and her friends saw a need and without being asked, decided to get busy filling it. They have been donating toys to Tri-City for years, but they stepped up their donations by raising $3,000 to purchase an IV light and billiblanket for Tri-City’s Pediatric Unit. With help from the Kiwanis Club of Oceanside, the San Marcos VFW, Kohl’s and Nordson Asymtek, they successfully reached that goal. Jeff Hale added to the goal, presenting Crooks with a check from the Kiwanis Club of Oceanside.
The employees at Nordson Asymtek individually raised $600, which was then matched by their company resulting in a gift of $1,200 toward the goal. Kohl’s donated hundreds of toys and books.
At the luncheon to recognize her longtime volunteer efforts, Crooks said she is the one who should say thanks for the support of her friends who never say no, the support of her husband and the generosity of the local businesses and organizations.