When news came out this week about thousands of dollars worth of toys being stolen from St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, employees at Chandler's Intel rallied to help.
In a short time, they gathered toy donations and $30,000 to replace the stolen toys. The gifts were presented to the Children's Rehabilitative Services clinic at St. Joseph's on Friday. The clinic offers diagnosis, treatment and medical management for more than 12,000 children, many from low-income families. The toys are given to children in need when they come into the clinic.
The theft was discovered right as the holiday season began.
"They went to go get the (holiday) decorations and saw they were gone," said Kathy Cramer, CEO of St. Joseph's Foundation. "We had it fully stocked."
But the story has a happy ending.
"The outpouring has been unbelievable. We had a call from Germany. We had a call from Tampa, Fla. They read it online. Intel called as we were leaving last night. It's exciting. It's really wonderful," Cramer said.
Comvoice HD Telephone company also donated $2,000 worth of toys.