The Last Word: Integrity Foundation’s Mary Elyse Farah on 26K-Plus Toys Donated To Children’s Health Patients

“Oftentimes, it is small and simple acts of kindness that can have the greatest impact.”

Mary Elyse Farah
Integrity Foundation
.…on Dallas-based Integrity’s toy drive donating over 26,000 toys for children receiving treatment at Children’s Health. 

For the third year in a row, the employees of Dallas-based insurtech company Integrity have supported the “Integrity Gives Back” Toy Drive to replenish the stuffed animals, toys, games, and books that are given to children who are patients at Children’s Health in Dallas and Plano. This year, Integrity invited the public to join the toy drive. For every single toy donated, Integrity donors matched the donation with two additional toys for a total presentation of over 26,000 donated items.

For Bryan W. Adams, Integrity’s co-founder and CEO, the effort has personal meaning.

“A few years ago, while my son was receiving treatment at Children’s Health, I was able to witness the transformative power a simple gifted toy had on improving his morale—bringing him an unexpected moment of joy,” Adams said in a statement. “After this experience, my son came up with the idea to collect more toys for other patients and I saw the potential for engaging our Integrity family and truly put into action our core value of service.”

“This year, we’re honored to invite our broader community to join us in making an even greater impact,” Adams added. “I hope this toy donation gives a bright spot of hope and happiness this holiday season to thousands of children and their families across the country.”

Toys given to patients at Children’s Health help improve the patient experience, Integrity noted, with pediatric patients given a toy or stuffed animal for a variety of reasons—including celebrating treatment milestones, birthdays, or simply “to lift them up” during their hospital stay. 

“We are so grateful for gifts of all sizes, from packs of stickers to Lego sets,” Integrity Foundation President Mary Elyse Farah said in a statement. “A wide variety of donations allow hospitals to impact the lives of so many more patients in the diverse support needs they have, from validating bravery during a shot to alleviating boredom during long hospital stays.”

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