Toy, Sock and Glove Drives Combine

Drive Up, Drop Off Your Donation

NorthBay Healthcare and NorthBay HealthSpring Fitness are teaming up to collect unwrapped toys for children, and socks and gloves for the homeless of all ages.

The drive will run from Nov. 28 through Dec. 15 and drive-through drop-off spots should make donating easy for NorthBay employees and members of the public alike.

In Fairfield, donors are invited to pull up to the valet in front of the NorthBay Medical Center Welcome Pavilion or the Gateway Building and drop off their item, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.Toys and sock drive

In Vacaville, HealthSpring Fitness will have a large blue bin in the lobby for donations, which can be made any time the fitness center is open between Nov. 28 and Dec. 15.

A special drive-through drop-off opportunity is being scheduled between 2 and 4 p.m. on Nov. 30, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12 at the entrance of HealthSpring Fitness.

Toys will go to a special party for the families of our A Baby’s Coming patients, according to Diane Harris, manager of Women’s and Children’s outpatient services. Toys can be for infants or children up to age 12.

Each year for the last 14 years, up to 225 children have received toys from the one-day event, and have a chance to meet with Santa. Employees volunteer as elves to run a holiday craft table and guide children and their families through the third-floor medical office, which becomes Santa’s Workshop for the day.

Sandy Piedra, director of Emergency Services, is heading the sock and glove drive for the homeless. In addition to her NorthBay role, she is also president of the Solano Community Healthcare Clinic foundation, which is hosting the drive.

“We did this same drive two years ago, and we had an overwhelming response,” said Sandy. “I can tell you the homeless people were so grateful for the donations. I watched many of them say, ‘Oh my, this is for me? No cost?’ It’s overwhelming how thankful they are for things many of us take for granted.”