Christmas in July Celebrated at WCHOB

Updated: 8/5/2014

Assemblyman Ray Walter (R,C,I-Amherst) delivered hundreds of donated toys to  Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB) following his annual Christmas in July Toy Drive. Walter was joined by Santa Claus, Sabretooth and Cinderella who helped distribute the toys to patients and celebrate a Christmas in July party.

This summer, Walter and his staff collected donations of new toys for sick children at the hospital, garnering an overwhelming amount of community support and resulting in a fantastic event that brought smiles to the faces of many patients. Even more presents will be distributed throughout the year.

“Seeing just one smile from these kids has made all the hard work worth it. Spreading holiday cheer to these brave kids every year wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of countless numbers of people in our community,” said Walter. “This year’s Christmas in July Toy Drive has been a great success, and I want to thank the many individuals and organizations who joined together to make this event possible.”

Walter indicated that during the drive, residents, businesses, churches and organizations dropped off toys at various locations across Western New York. This year, the Western New York Funeral Directors in particular went above and beyond, collecting nearly $3,000 in toys. Their annual golf outing to benefit the hospital was a huge success, and Walter thanked them for their generosity. Presents were given to each patient, and more will be distributed throughout the year.

“As a parent there is no greater joy than seeing your child's face light up, and I cannot imagine having to go through what some parents of the kids in this hospital have to go through,” said Jack Attfield, chairman of the WNY Funeral Directors Outing. “If we can make a child's day a little better and bring a smile to parents at the same time, that’s great and that's what Christmas in July is all about. We are proud to have been able to take the nearly $3,000 we raised at our outing and purchase toys and games and books and crafts for WCHOB.”

“We are so appreciative that Assemblyman Walter has spearheaded this Christmas in July,” said WCHOB child life specialist, Tara Young. “It is so touching to see a community come together and give so generously.”