After school let out on Tuesday, seven members of the La Cañada Elementary School Student Council traveled to the City of Hope National Medical Center in the City of Duarte and the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles to deliver springtime candies to patients.
This year, the school's student council members voted to add a charitable twist to their annual spring See's Candy Fundraiser. Candy purchasers had the opportunity to purchase $4 items for charity. The students selected City of Hope to receive the candy donations, with Children's Hospital of Los Angeles as a close second.
The donated treats included foil-wrapped chocolate bunnies, chocolate eggs in a variety of flavors, and an assortment of chocolates presented in a springtime chick box.
The student council, working under the guidance of teacher Bob Berger, and LCE PTA Event Chairwoman Sue Kaufman, publicized the fundraiser.
Due to the generosity of the students, parents, LCE staff and supporters, the LCE PTA collected enough money to purchase 477 chocolate bunnies and springtime treats for donation ? nearly 20 cases of candy.
"My contact at the City of Hope [Judy Frazier, director of Volunteer Services] was stunned at the amount of candy," Kaufman said. "City of Hope has 149 in-patient beds, and even with candy going to outpatients as well, we have enough candy to make a second donation to Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. Thank you to all who contributed and made this effort such a success."
The City of Hope received 10 boxes of candy that will be distributed to patients throughout the week. After delivering the candy, the students were given a short tour of the City of Hope facility.