Toy Drive for Foster Care Charity Starts Holiday Giving

November 11, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
(Pasadena, CA)¡X The holidays are a joyous time for families to celebrate the true meaning of the season. For foster care children living at Hillsides, the holidays stir up stress, anxiety, and depression. When Christmas finally arrives, the pain of not being with their families is lessened by the generous support Hillsides, the foster care children's charity, receives from the community, including businesses like HealthWorks Chiropractic.

Uniting innovation with the latest techniques in natural medicine to deliver optimum care for one's whole body, HealthWorks Chiropractic gives the community special offers for bringing an unwrapped toy for a foster care child.

Pasadena chiropractor Phil Ricchiazzi offers patients, who make an appointment to come in between December 3 and December 19, a free spinal assessment and free 15-minute massage in exchange for an unwrapped toy or children's book valued less than $25. An initial consultation and initial exam will be free ($250 value) to patients who donate toys valued at $25 or more. All scoliosis screenings for children age 8-16 are at no charge.

"This would be a great opportunity to introduce a friend or member of your family to chiropractic," said Dr. Ricchiazzi. "You may also take advantage of this offer yourself. Help us meet our goal of being a top contributor to Hillsides."

Other businesses, organizations, or churches wishing to sponsor a Hillsides' toy drive for foster care children at their establishment can request a red bucket adorned with a Hillsides' display sign and information cards.

"While Hillsides strives to give children new traditions and experiences that will create happy memories, we can only do this with the support of the community who helps provide the extras for our children," said Laura Kelso, Hillsides' director of community resources. "We hope you'll include foster care children this holiday season."

As a Pasadena foster care charity founded in 1913, Hillsides creates safe places for children at risk and their families by providing residential care, mental health services to break the cycle of domestic violence, special education, and advocacy. Hillsides encourages individuals to support its effort to provide holiday toys and wishes to these children and others at risk in the community.

Red buckets are delivered to place of business or can be picked up at Hillsides' campus anytime before December 2. Red buckets with unwrapped toys should be delivered to Hillsides by December 20.

For more information, call Kelso at 323-254-2274, ext. 251. Visit To schedule an appointment at HealthWorks Chiropractic between December 3 and 19, call Dr. Ricchiazzi at 626-698-0655 or go online at