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INVITE: SUNY Downstate Partners with MVP Foundation for 5th Annual Toy Drive

December 22, 2022.

The MVP Foundation Inc., is partnering with the University Hospital at Downstate’s Department of Pediatrics (UHD) for their 5th Annual Dream Gift Toy Drive to spread holiday cheer for children at UHD battling cancer, sickle cell disease, and autoimmune disorders – I’ve included the release below with more details for your review, which the team plans to release on 12/20.


In hopes of raising awareness around the gift drive, I’d like to invite you to UHD ahead of the holiday’s to learn about the partnership’s mission and see the incredible donations being made first-hand for children within the community. In 2021, the foundation was able to provide 119 dream gifts and this year they are hoping to impact even more families. For many, the gifts provided are the only ones they receive.


Would you be interested in covering the MVP Foundation’s annual toy drive, or visiting UHD on 12/21-22 to raise awareness for other community members looking to donate to the gift drive – more information about donations can be found here.







The MVP Foundation Inc. Announces Its 5th Annual ‘Dream Gift Toy Drive’

Partnering with SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, the goal is to make dream toys a reality for chronically ill children.

NEW YORK, NY, December 20, 2022 – Today, the MVP Foundation Inc. announced its 5th Annual Dream Gift Toy Drive in partnership with the University Hospital at Downstate’s Department of Pediatrics to spread holiday cheer and help chronically ill children and their families. The children at the University Hospital at Downstate battle with health conditions such as cancer, sickle cell disease, and autoimmune disorders.

The process starts with children at the University Hospital at Downstate (UHD) asking Santa for a dream gift. The MVP Foundation Inc. purchases the gifts, and parents and guardians then give these presents to their children.

“The impact of the Dream Gift Toy Drive on families in our community is quite significant and we’re truly grateful for the continued partnership with the MVP Foundation Inc.,” said Stephen Wadowski, M.D., Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics at UHD. “Our patients are often underprivileged and have many challenges. Their smiles and the happiness the children experience when they receive their dream gifts are immeasurable and heartwarming.”

“We would like to thank the MVP Foundation Inc. for their generous gifts and spreading joy to the children being treated at Downstate during the holiday season.,” said UHD Chief Executive Officer David H. Berger, M.D., FACS.

In 2021, the MVP Foundation Inc. provided 119 dream gifts to the children at UHD. Previous gifts included Nintendo Switches, TVs, AirPods, Uggs, Jordans, laptops, toys, dollhouses, iPads, essential items for infants, and more.

“Every child deserves to witness the magic of the holiday season and it is our goal to help make that happen with the Dream Gift Toy Drive,” said Jared Carmel, Executive Director of the MVP Foundation, Inc. “For many, the gifts we provide are the only ones they receive, and our hope is to impact as many families as possible.”

Donations can be made through the 5th Annual Dream Gift Toy Drive’s GoFundMe.



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