Robles annual toy drive under way

Rachel and Rene Robles show off some of the toys collected from last year’s toy drive that were then donated to the sick children at Tucson Medical Center.

The Robles family annual toy drive is once again underway.

All throughout the month of June and July the Robles family will be collecting new toys for patients, 5 to 18-years of age, at Tucson Medical Center.

For the past six years Rachel and Rene Robles, daughter and son of Hector and Lupita Robles of Douglas, have been taking new toys to TMC. To date over 3,000 toys have been delivered thanks to the help of a very generous community along with the unwavering support of family and friends.

In July 2011 while celebrating his fifth birthday with his cousin Debanny, Rene suffered a one-hour seizure. The young Robles was immediately transported to TMC. Once there the nurses and doctors administered numerous tests. The results showed that the seizure was due to an abnormal blood vessel on the right side of Rene’s brain.

By the third day Rene woke wanting to continue his birthday celebration. Unfortunately, this could not happen since he was to stay at TMC for the next seven days. By the sixth day the staff at TMC made his stay very special when the staff there provided Robles and his cousin Debanny a belated birthday celebration, giving both of them presents and also singing “Happy Birthday” to them.

This sparked an idea for both Rene and his older sister Rachel; they wanted to take a truckload of toys to the pediatric patients at TMC every July 31.

“Our children stated how nice it was for them to have gotten gifts and how it made the time pass by a lot quicker,” Lupita said in an earlier interview.

The family describes this drive as Christmas in July since the summer months are when donations are slow in coming in.

Lupita said her kids came up with the idea of this toy drive and have worked hard to make it the success that it is.

Financial or toy donations will be accepted until Monday, July 29. The toys will then be delivered on Rene’s 13th birthday on Wednesday, July 31 after which the Robles’ will go out and celebrate Rene’s birthday. Any financial donations received will be used to help purchase toys for the toy drive

The family will be accepting toys and donations at their home located at 1521 San Antonio Drive. Lupita kindly asks no stuff animals be donated.

People may also call or text Lupita at (520) 234-1660 for more information.

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